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.

Kansas hospitals crafting Medicaid expansion proposal

0 | Jun. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

Fearing that political events may be conspiring to foreclose the opportunity to use mostly federal dollars to extend coverage to thousands of uninsured poor adults not currently eligible for Medicaid, the Kansas Hospital Association is preparing to shift its lobbying campaign into high gear.

Medicaid expansion supporters stage Statehouse rally

0 | May. 30, 2014 | Legislature, Letters

Kansas is among 19 states that have rejected expansion of coverage to more low-income adults.

House social services budget chair won't seek re-election

0 | May. 20, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Rep. David Crum, an Augusta Republican who chairs the House Social Services Budget Committee, has announced he will not seek re-election.

Governor nixes tobacco fund 'sweep'

0 | May. 16, 2014 | Budget, Early Childhood, Legislature

Gov. Sam Brownback announced he has vetoed a section in this year’s budget bill that would have transferred $5 million from the Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund to the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

Children’s fund transfer prompting objections to budget deal

0 | May. 02, 2014 | Child Health, Children, Legislature

The bill transfers the money from Kansas Endowment for Youth, or KEY fund, to the Kansas Bioscience Authority, increasing its budget from $27 million to $32 million.

House rejects another attempt to repeal renewable energy standards

0 | May. 02, 2014 | Environment, Legislature

The sunset legislation, voted down 63-60, was billed as a compromise by Republican leaders attempting to repeal the energy standards. If passed, Kansas utilities would have been required to provide 15 percent of their energy portfolio in renewable energy from 2015 to 2021. After that time, the regulations would disappear.

Democrats say Kansas Medicaid expansion won't be debated after GOP maneuvers

0 | May. 01, 2014 | Legislature, Medicaid-CHIP

Kansas Democrats say discussion of Medicaid expansion for this legislative session is essentially over after procedural moves by Republicans to avoid debate on the topic.

Brownback proposes HCBS waiting list reduction

0 | Apr. 25, 2014 | Legislature, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback today said he will ask the Kansas Legislature to approve spending an additional $2.6 million in state funds to help reduce the waiting lists for in-home, Medicaid services for the disabled.

Brownback signs controversial health care compact bill

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that might make it possible for Kansas to join a compact of states that want the power to run Medicare and Medicaid within their borders. The new law also creates the possibility that the compact states could circumvent several key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.