Religious employers offered fix on birth control coverage rules

0 | Government, Health Reform

The measure will allow religious nonprofits and business owners to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.

Missouri veto reflects growing debate over electronic cigarettes

Top Kansas health official supports state’s existing ban on sales to minors

0 | Tobacco

E-cigarettes have only been around the United States for about seven years and largely have been left unregulated by the federal government and most state governments.

San Antonio police unit overhauls approach to mental illness

Officer training, crisis unit help reduce jail overcrowding and cut costs

0 | Mental Health

Eight years ago, San Antonio had an overcrowded jail population - primarily people with serious mental illnesses. Now, it boasts a mental health system that's considered a model for the nation.

Kansas reports first confirmed West Nile case of 2014

0 | KDHE, Public Health

Officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 92 cases of West Nile virus in 2013, the most since the disease was first detected in Kansas in 2002.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

Promise of federal and state reform initiatives remains unrealized

13 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

HCF announces more than $710,000 in grants

0 | Foundations

The grants will go to 18 nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri.

Kansas cancer consortium receives federal funding

0 | Agencies, University of Kansas

The Cancer Center of Kansas will receive $1.7 million over five years for clinical trials involving more than 300 cancer patients.

New bus route helps address health needs of KCK residents

University of Kansas Medical Center a key stop on Rosedale route

0 | Community Health, Health Disparities

The Wyandotte County/KCK board of commissioners agreed to allocate $250,000 to run the health-focused route, which began operation in late June as the 105-Rosedale run.

More formal vetting process to be used in selecting new Medicaid inspector general

0 | KDHE, KanCare

KDHE Secretary Dr. Robert Moser said the KBI will conduct a background check of the top candidate before he or she is officially appointed.

HCF announces $4.25 million in mental health grants

0 | Foundations, Mental Health

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City has awarded $4.25 million in mental health services grants to 34 nonprofit groups in Kansas and Missouri.

Survey: 16% of large employers to offer low-benefit 'skinny' plans despite ACA

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

The results weren't unexpected by benefits pros, who realized last year that health reform regulations would allow lower-benefit coverage and even make them attractive for some employers.

Brownback kicks off re-election campaign with 'Road Map 2.0'

0 | Campaign 2014

The Kansas governor says he will work to create 100,000 private-sector jobs in the four years of a second term.

New federal rules will disrupt care for disabled Kansans, state officials say

Changes aimed at improving caregiver wages, but could result in cuts to services

1 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, KanCare

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett says with the changes, thousands of Kansans likely would need to move from home-based care to a nursing home setting.

Report: Kansas improperly claimed $10.7M in Medicaid reimbursements

HHS inspector finds overcharges for school-based health services

0 | KDHE, Medicaid-CHIP

In a report released Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the overcharges occurred because the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Division of Health Care Finance “did not have adequate policies and procedures” to monitor the program and to ensure it complied with state and federal requirements.

Accuracy of survey showing spike in Kansas uninsured rate questioned

But no dispute that insured rates up in Medicaid expansion states

1 | Insurance, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

With enrollment up in Medicaid and private insurance, it appears some sort of methodological or sampling error is the most likely explanation for the Kansas results in the Gallup poll.

Study: Rejection of Medicaid expansion costing Kansas, Missouri hospitals billions

New analysis by nonpartisan Urban Institute says 24 nonexpansion states paying a high price

1 | Health Reform, Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

The analysis says that without Medicaid expansion, Kansas hospitals stand to lose $2.6 billion between 2013 and 2022.

Medicaid director to oversee KDHE health care finance division

0 | KDHE, Medicaid-CHIP

Dr. Susan Mosier previously represented the 67th District in the House of Representatives.

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