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

0 | Nov. 21, 2014 | 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.

GOP lawmakers reject request for KanCare investigative committee

0 | Nov. 19, 2014 | 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 | Nov. 19, 2014 | 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.

Budget gap concerns Kansas educators

0 | Nov. 12, 2014 | Budget, Legislature

A $278 million budget shortfall in the current fiscal year creates uncertainty for officials with school districts across Kansas.

State slashes revenue forecast

0 | Nov. 10, 2014 | Budget, Legislature

Kansas budget experts downgraded estimates of how much money the state will receive in taxes, creating a $278 million budget hole for this fiscal year.

A few races could swing House control to middle

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Little attention is being paid statewide to the Kansas House's 125 races. But a few key contests could decide whether a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans emerges as a foil for the Senate.

Legislator seeking to lead health committee open to Medicaid expansion discussion

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Rep. Susan Concannon, a Beloit Republican and vice chair of the health committee, says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Kansas is "something we should look at."

Aging agencies under scrutiny after health care compact article

0 | Oct. 02, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

A series of agencies that serve older Kansans are under scrutiny after one in Johnson County published an article critical of a health care compact the Legislature passed last session.

Democrats call for special committee to vet KanCare contracting

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | 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."

Legislators get rebuttal article on health care compact

0 | Sep. 24, 2014 | 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.

Medicare expert says compact not on radar in DC

1 | Sep. 22, 2014 | Congress, Legislature, Health Reform

A health care compact bill designed to get Kansas and other states out of federal health regulations is gaining attention here for its possible Medicare implications. But a national expert on Medicare says the compact, which needs Congressional approval, is "not even on the back burner" in Washington, D.C.

Medical PACs boost candidates with health care ties

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Fifteen medical-related political action committees registered with the state's ethics board mostly spent campaign dollars on incumbents during the primary season. But occasionally they went outside those parameters to support health care practitioners vying for spots in the Kansas House.

Governor's office declines to support early childhood grant

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Early Childhood, Legislature

Administration officials told the Children's Cabinet director that it would be “unwise to move forward” in applying for a Preschool Development Grant without first conferring with the Kansas Legislature.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.