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.

Switch to KanCare complicates Medicaid fraud detection

0 | Aug. 29, 2014 | Agencies, Legislature, KanCare

A national organization leader and a federal report say other governmental agencies tasked with rooting out Medicaid fraud also are struggling to adapt to the managed care model.

Bruffett confirmed as KDADS chief

0 | Aug. 28, 2014 | Government, Agencies, KDADS, Legislature

Kari Bruffett said one of her initial tasks as secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will be to work with federal officials to continue the transition away from institutional care for people with disabilities.

Negotiations on nursing practice bill off to good start

0 | Aug. 26, 2014 | Legislature, Health Care Delivery, Workforce

Representatives of Kansas doctor and nurse groups are negotiating on legislation allowing nurses with advanced training to practice on their own.

Effort to unseat moderate House Republicans comes up short

0 | Aug. 06, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Despite a flood of negative mail in the final weeks of the campaign, all of the targeted Kansas House members survived their primary challenges.

Obamacare among issues fueling campaign to unseat House GOP moderates

0 | Aug. 04, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature, Health Reform

The Kansas Values Institute and the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority are spending thousands to defend moderate Republican Statehouse incumbents against charges that they failed to support conservative-led efforts to transfer control of federal health care programs to the state, block Medicaid expansion and repeal the state’s renewable energy standards.

Key lawmaker says smaller government also goal of tax cuts

0 | Jun. 24, 2014 | Budget, Legislature

As the leader of a conservative Republican majority in the Senate, Susan Wagle says: "Government has less money to spend, but that’s what the people are asking for, they want more money in their pockets."

Report: Expanded liquor sales in Kansas could have health consequences

0 | Jun. 20, 2014 | Legislature, Health Impact Assessment

The health impact assessment says expanded liquor sales could lead to more underage drinking.

Cash-flow loan triggers debate about Brownback’s economic policies

0 | Jun. 19, 2014 | Budget, Government, Legislature

Sharp disagreements between Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic legislators on the State Finance Council provide a preview of what is likely to be the dominant topic in the governor’s race.

AARP scorecard ranks Kansas 17th

0 | Jun. 19, 2014 | Legislature, Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

“Seventeenth - that places us in the second quartile of states, or somewhere toward the middle of the road,” said Maren Turner, director of AARP Kansas. “Kansas can do better than that. I mean, who wants to receive middle-of the-road services? Most people don’t.”

Former Kansas family still hopeful medical marijuana will help son with epilepsy

0 | Jun. 18, 2014 | Legislature, Health Care Delivery

In the weeks since the Reed family left Kansas for Colorado, steady increases in the dosage of medical marijuana have helped 3-year-old Otis to sleep better but haven’t reduced his seizures.

KC legislator says Missouri lawmakers nearly reached Medicaid expansion deal

0 | Jun. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Medicaid-CHIP, Other States

Missouri State Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, provided a behind-the-scenes look at high-level negotiations that occurred just before the session ended without an agreement to expand Medicaid eligibility.