Campaign announced to exempt food from Kansas sales tax

1 | Dec. 18, 2014 | Foundations, Legislature, Health Disparities, Nutrition

Kansas is one of only 14 states that levies a sales tax on food. And its 6.15 percent per dollar is the second highest in the nation, trailing only Mississippi’s 7 percent rate.

Legislator to promote gun background checks as health issue

1 | Dec. 09, 2014 | Legislature, Hospitals

A former physician now in the Kansas Legislature says she will promote a bill expanding background checks for gun sales because she believes gunshot wounds are a public health issue.

Brownback announces cuts to close budget gap

0 | Dec. 09, 2014 | Budget, Legislature

The governor will use his power of allotments to make fee sweeps and spending cuts to close a $280 million budget gap in the current fiscal year. The biggest money transfers come from the state highway fund, at $96 million, and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, at $55 million.

Merrick re-elected speaker, vows to cut spending

2 | Dec. 01, 2014 | Legislature

Rep. Tom Burroughs of Kansas City, the newly elected leader of the 28-member Democratic minority in the House, said the state’s budget problems will be “the challenge” of the upcoming session.

AARP Kansas to urge passage of caregiver legislation

1 | Dec. 01, 2014 | Advocacy, Legislature, Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The senior advocacy group plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session requiring hospitals to demonstrate follow-up care instructions for caregivers before their loved ones are sent home.

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.