Senior members of insurance department staff to leave with Praeger

0 | Government, Insurance

Four division directors - who combined have more than 125 years of experience at the department - announced plans to retire, effective Dec. 5.

Kansas safety net clinics seek federal funding for new sites

Affordable Care Act includes grants for about 150 facilities nationwide

0 | Health Reform, Safety Net

At least six organizations in Kansas are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for grants to open new clinics.

State releases plan to keep Medicare reimbursements at Osawatomie hospital

Measures includes pharmacy and nursing reforms, 'fire watch' for over-census days

0 | Hospitals, Mental Health

State officials have a three-pronged plan to ensure Osawatomie State Hospital maintains its Medicare reimbursements after a federal agency announced last week they are in jeopardy.

New effort to tighten regulation of mental health drugs concerns advocates

Committee recommends repeal of law, seeks to prevent inappropriate use of antipsychotics

0 | Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP, Mental Health

Kansas law currently bars state officials from placing restrictions on mental health drugs prescribed to Medicaid recipients. A legislative committee recommended repealing that law last week, saying the state needs to step in to prevent inappropriate uses of such drugs.

HHS formally moves to close loophole allowing plans without hospital benefits

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

Under the new standard, companies with at least 50 workers “must provide substantial coverage of both inpatient hospital services and physician services” to meet the Affordable Care Act’s threshold for "minimum value” coverage.

Kansas House delegation supports EPA restrictions

0 | Environment, Congress

All four Kansas members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of three bills last week that seek to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.

Denver company to open eating disorder facility in KC area

0 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The partial hospitalization program is expected to open in late December near Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam.

REACH Foundation awards more than $1M to health, advocacy organizations

0 | Foundations

The 17 organizations contribute to the health care safety net system in the six counties within REACH Healthcare Foundation's service area.

Voter opposition to Obamacare led Democrats to shy away from Medicaid expansion issue

Party chairwoman says expansion issue too complicated, marginalized by Republicans

0 | Campaign 2014, Legislature, Medicaid-CHIP

The chairwoman of the Kansas Democratic Party said polling didn’t indicate the Medicaid expansion issue was much of a difference-maker with voters.

National association honors Praeger

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

Praeger, a moderate Republican who is retiring in January after three terms as insurance commissioner, has been an advocate for health reform despite opposition from others in her party.

Kansas chosen for school breakfast grants

0 | Child Health, Foundations

Breakfast in the Classroom aims to remove some of the obstacles that keep students from getting a meal before the school day.

Kansas hospitals continue campaign for Medicaid expansion

New report says state losing billions of federal dollars, missing chance to extend coverage to more than 100,000 low-income Kansans

0 | Hospitals, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

A report released by the Kansas Hospital Association says the state stands to lose more than $2.2 billion in federal matching funds between 2016 and 2020.

Annette Bloch donates $10 million to KU Hospital for expansion project

0 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals, University of Kansas

The 92-bed addition will house surgical oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, and ear, nose and throat services.

GOP lawmakers reject request for KanCare investigative committee

0 | Legislature, KanCare

Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat and member of the KanCare Oversight Committee, urged members to recommend the formation of an investigative committee. But six Republicans on the committee opposed his request.

Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems

1 | Budget, Legislature, KanCare

While the state already faces a projected $280 million revenue this budget year, an additional $40 million is needed to meet rising KanCare costs.

No target date for final KEES rollout

System to unite social service program applications still in testing phase

0 | KDHE, HIE-HIT

A $135 million computer system meant to streamline applications for Kansas social services, including Medicaid, remains without a final "go-live" date more than a year after the rollout was originally scheduled to be completed.

Big changes for 2015 workplace plans: Watch out for these six possible pitfalls

0 | Insurance

Rising costs, a looming tax on rich benefit packages and the idea that people should buy medical treatment the way they shop for cell phones have increased odds that workplace plans will be very different in 2015.

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