Kansas budget director says job growth eventually will restore revenues

Others contend rebound impossible as long as tax cuts remain in place

0 | Budget

Shawn Sullivan, director of the governor’s budget office, said small business owners will use the money they’re saving from tax cuts to create new jobs.

Documentary casts light on Kansas City's mental health care challenges

0 | Mental Health

Journalist and documentary filmmaker Michael Price's documentary, "Lost Minds: KC's Mental Health Crisis," focuses on the growing number of confrontations between people with mental illness and police on Kansas City's streets.

Many rural hospitals excluded from government's push for better quality

0 | Health Reform, Hospitals, Rural Health

The Department of Health and Human Services has not yet incorporated the 1,256 primarily rural, “critical access” hospitals into Medicare’s pay-for-performance programs.

Democrats call for special committee to vet KanCare contracting

Minority party leaders say Medicaid privatization deserves more scrutiny due to FBI investigation

0 | Legislature, KanCare

A spokesperson for Gov. Sam Brownback says the process to select private companies to operate the $3 billion KanCare program was "open and fair."

Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

New overtime pay requirement expected to increase Kansas costs by at least $13M

0 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, requires state Medicaid programs to pay home care workers minimum wage and overtime. But Kansas has asked the Department of Labor to exempt Kansas from the ruling or delay its implementation.

Johnson County names new mental health director

0 | Mental Health

Tim DeWeese, a longtime staff member of the Johnson County Mental Health Center, has been promoted to director.

Liver transplant reallocation plan on hold

Yoder, others in Congress oppose proposal to redistribute donor organs

0 | Congress, Health Care Delivery

The United Network for Organ Sharing's Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee decided it was not ready to recommend a change to the way organs are distributed.

Campaign launched to improve state's breastfeeding rate

Kansas hopes to move up from 42nd spot in 2011 survey

0 | Early Childhood, Foundations, Hospitals

The event’s keynote speaker stressed the importance of helping business leaders recognize the economic benefits of breastfeeding.

Kansas groups receive CDC funding for projects to fight chronic disease

0 | Health Disparities, Nutrition, Obesity, Public Health

Five Kansas organizations received more than $5 million in 2014 funding for their projects to combat chronic disease.

EPA official says Clean Power Plan key to minimizing climate change

0 | Environment

The administrator for the EPA region that includes Kansas says power plants must be innovative, competitive and efficient to help the United States meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.

KDADS awards $1M to south-central Kansas mental health coalition

Crisis services aim to reduce numbers at state hospitals, prisons

0 | KDADS, Mental Health

The coalition will provide services aimed at reducing the number of people with severe mental illnesses who are referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or end up in the state’s correctional system.

Health care compact rebuttal signed by 23 legislators

Republicans praise bill in October issue of Johnson County magazine for seniors

1 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform

The legislators' editorial counters an article critical of the compact written by members of the Johnson County Commission on Aging.

Sunflower Foundation announces 2014 Advocacy Fellowship graduates

0 | Foundations

The 14 members of the fellowship class attended six three-day sessions, where they learned how to be advocate for the Kansans they serve.

Kansas revenue decline among steepest in the nation

0 | Budget

A report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government says federal tax policy changes are the main cause of revenue declines in many states, but Kansas and Alaska are exceptions.

Legislators get rebuttal article on health care compact

Johnson County newsletter to include counterpoint that says Legislature saved Medicare

0 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Republican legislators who supported a health care compact bill have written an article for a Johnson County senior publication that states the compact saves Medicare.

Report: More insurers to sell marketplace plans in Kansas, Missouri in 2015

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

The number of companies issuing health insurance policies in Kansas should climb from four to five, while in Missouri it should double to eight.

Kansas delegation leads fight to delay physician supervision rules

Jenkins, Moran say Medicare requirements a burden to rural providers

0 | Congress, Hospitals

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran are working to delay enforcement of Medicare regulations that they say burden rural hospitals without benefiting patients.

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