Brownback signs controversial school finance law

0 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Legislature

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback stopped in Kansas City to announce bonding authority to help fund the construction of a new University of Kansas Medical Center education building. The bond approval was part of the controversial school finance bill the governor signed later in Topeka during a Statehouse ceremony, flanked by House and Senate GOP leaders.

Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans

1 | Apr. 21, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

State officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they’re having problems contacting the right people.

Larned State Hospital 100th anniversary celebrated

0 | Apr. 17, 2014 | KDADS, Hospitals, Mental Health

State officials celebrated the 100th anniversary of the state's largest psychiatric hospital.

Kansas metal finishing company charged with violating Clean Water Act

0 | Apr. 16, 2014 | Courts, Environment, KDHE

A Minneapolis plating company is being charged with 20 counts of violating the Clean Water Act after allegedly dumping chemicals in the sewer system of that city.

Memorial service scheduled for longest-serving Kansas Cabinet secretary

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | Advocacy, Agencies

Robert Harder, the longest-serving Cabinet secretary in Kansas history, died Saturday. He was 84. Harder served five governors - three Republicans and two Democrats - while overseeing the state welfare department and later the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. In his later years he continued to advocate for the poor and disabled as a volunteer.

NIH director talks about one and done at KU — for flu shots

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | KU Medical Center

The annual flu vaccine could be a thing of the past by the end of the decade, the director of the National Institutes of Health said during a visit to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

KanHIT work groups to study secondary-use policies

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | KDHE, HIE-HIT

Members of a council that is advising the state on how to govern the digital exchange of patient health information met again to talk about ways to regulate the so-called "secondary use" of the data. As more medical providers feed their patient information to the two exchange networks operating in the state, the network managers are expected to receive more requests for access to the data from researchers, marketers, drug companies and others.

Widick named KNI superintendent

0 | Apr. 14, 2014 | KDADS, Hospitals

Brent Widick, 49, has been interim superintendent at Kansas Neurological Institute since December 2013. He succeeds Barney Hubert, who retired after nearly 35 years at the state hospital.

Managed care program for elderly to expand in Kansas

0 | Apr. 14, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP

Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded managed care program for people who are 55 or older, low-income and close to being admitted to a nursing home - will expand in the next few years to provide service in 59 Kansas counties. Currently the program known as PACE only is available in eight counties.

Sebelius resigns; Obama names OMB chief Burwell to head HHS

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | Government, Agencies, Health Reform, Outside Source

After a five-year tenure that included the flawed rollout of the health care law and stormy relations with Capitol Hill Republicans, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, a White House official said late Thursday.

KDHE picks Belfry for communications post

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | KDHE

Sara Belfry is currently deputy director of communications for Gov. Sam Brownback's office. She will begin her full-time position at KDHE on April 14.

EPA to propose rule change for Clean Water Act

0 | Apr. 09, 2014 | Environment, Agencies

Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006 concerning Clean Water Act violations have left legislators, industry officials and the EPA stuck with complicated Clean Water Act cases concerning the agency’s jurisdiction over small streams and wetlands.

Prominent Kansas insurance agent sanctioned for misrepresenting ACA

0 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Agencies, Health Reform, Insurance

In a move that may be unprecedented simply because of the subject matter involved, the Kansas Insurance Department has fined a prominent insurance agent $1,000 for publishing false and misleading information about the Affordable Care Act.

State officials say TBI waiver application likely will be submitted next week

0 | Apr. 04, 2014 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

Officials at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services say they are close to submitting renewal applications to federal authorities for two state Medicaid waivers after a weeklong delay.

KDHE spokesperson leaving for new job with KanCare MCO

0 | Apr. 01, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare

Miranda Steele, the spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is leaving the agency for a new job with Sunflower State Health Plan, one of the state's three KanCare contractors. KDHE is the state's lead Medicaid agency.