Kansas officials suspend future foster placements with TFI after child's death

0 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials said they have suspended placing foster children with TFI, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.

Kansas gets grants to match child support funds for college savings

DCF launching new program

0 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials say they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two nonprofit groups to launch a program aimed at getting parents to pay down child support debts.

New Missouri law pays dividends for KC clinic

0 | Health Reform, Safety Net

Safety net clinics like Kansas City CARE are adapting from serving uninsured patients to those who recently acquired coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

HHS says nine health insurance companies owe refunds to Kansas policyholders

Some companies operating in the state failed to meet ACA medical spending marks

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

The 2010 Affordable Care Act required that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars collected on medical care for policyholders. Those that fail to meet the threshold are obliged to pay refunds.

What do the latest ACA court decisions mean for consumers?

0 | Courts, Health Reform

While insurance consumers won't be affected immediately by Tuesday's decisions, and the current subsidies likely will remain in place until there is a final legal decision on the matter.

Kids Count rankings put Kansas in top third

Missouri ranks close to the middle

0 | Child Health, Early Childhood, Rankings-Indicators

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy group, released its annual Kids Count report today, and Kansas ranked 15th overall and Missouri 29th. The report assesses overall child well-being based on four broad categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies put Kansas consumers in limbo

0 | Courts, Health Reform

If the 2-to-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stands, consumers in the 36 states – including Kansas and Missouri – that didn’t establish their own online health insurance marketplaces would no longer be eligible for subsidies.

KU doctors say plan for transplant waits would make local patients sicker

Proposal includes national allocation of donated organs

0 | KU Medical Center, Health Disparities

Change is coming to the way donated livers are allocated in the United States, and Richard Gilroy, a hepatologist and medical director of transplantation at the University of Kansas Hospital, said that's not good news for those on waiting lists in Kansas and Missouri.

D.C. appeals court overturns subsidies for federal exchange

Fourth Circuit takes different view

0 | Courts, Health Reform

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled that subsidies may not be offered in the federal health exchange. But the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals later offered its own decision, upholding the subsidies.

Hub key to sustaining local food movement in northeast Kansas

Consultant says region home to enough producers, sufficient demand to make effort feasible

0 | Community Health, Nutrition

By the end of the fifth year, hub farmers could be generating up to $2.3 million in additional sales, the report said.

Local food movement thriving on the High Plains of Kansas

Online food coop links farmers in four states with customers

0 | Community Health, Nutrition

Direct marketing food to customers is proving to be a boon for members of a western Kansas producers' cooperative that has seen strong sales growth. "For one thing, it has made it possible for my nephew to come back to the farm," said Chris Schmidt, a Rawlins County farmer who grows 2,000 acres of commodity grain but also is selling direct to online customers.

Wichita chiropractor pleads guilty to health care fraud

More than $1.3 million in fraudulent claims submitted to private and government insurers

0 | Courts, Insurance

A Wichita chiropractor pleaded guilty to defrauding health care insurers of more than $1.3 million.

White House study: Kansas losing money, jobs without Medicaid expansion

0 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

The state is missing out on $820 million over the next three years by choosing not to expand Medicaid eligibility, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

KC med school program emphasizes career possibilities for urban teens

0 | Workforce

The day gave more than 60 students from inner-city schools the opportunity to learn about pathology and microbiology - and see that a career in medicine is possible.

DCF hires foster care ombudsman

1 | Children, DCF

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

KDHE responds to CMS enrollment concerns

Officials say agency's computer system will be fully compatible by Aug. 15

0 | KDHE, Medicaid-CHIP

CMS officials last month directed officials in six states, including Kansas, to submit plans for correcting delays in determining eligibility in their respective Medicaid programs.

More than 100 current and former GOP officials endorse Davis

Concerns about Brownback tax policy prompt group's decision to support Democratic candidate

0 | Campaign 2014, Government

While former office-holders say Brownback has the state headed in the wrong direction, GOP officials counter that Republican defectors are oblivious to state’s shift to the right.

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