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The KHI News Service provides thorough and objective coverage of issues, people and events that affect health policy in Kansas. The KHI News Service is an editorially independent program of the Kansas Health Institute. It is supported in part by a variety of underwriters. It operates separately from KHI’s research and policy operations, similar to the way traditional media outlets separate their newsrooms from advertising and circulation departments.

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Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

Promise of federal and state reform initiatives remains unrealized

13 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Religious employers offered fix on birth control coverage rules

0 | Aug. 22, 2014 | Government, Health Reform

The measure will allow religious nonprofits and business owners to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.

HCF announces more than $345,000 for insurance marketplace outreach

0 | Aug. 22, 2014 | Foundations, Health Reform

The funding will be used to enroll the uninsured in the Kansas City area by providing enrollment counselors, increasing collaboration and recruiting additional enrollment partners.

New regulations could end dispute over Kansas coal-fired power plant

0 | Aug. 20, 2014 | Environment

Greenhouse gas regulations recently proposed by the EPA could block a proposed facility next to an existing coal-fired unit at Sunflower’s station outside Holcomb.

Yoder stresses importance of federal funding for biomedical research

1 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Government, KU Medical Center, University of Kansas

Last year, KU and the University of Kansas Medical Center received more than $75 million in NIH funding.

Missouri veto reflects growing debate over electronic cigarettes

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Tobacco

E-cigarettes have only been around the United States for about seven years and largely have been left unregulated by the federal government and most state governments.

San Antonio police unit overhauls approach to mental illness

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Mental Health

Eight years ago, San Antonio had an overcrowded jail population - primarily people with serious mental illnesses. Now, it boasts a mental health system that's considered a model for the nation.

Kansas reports first confirmed West Nile case of 2014

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | KDHE, Public Health

Officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 92 cases of West Nile virus in 2013, the most since the disease was first detected in Kansas in 2002.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

13 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

HCF announces more than $710,000 in grants

0 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Foundations

The grants will go to 18 nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri.

Kansas cancer consortium receives federal funding

0 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Agencies, University of Kansas

The Cancer Center of Kansas will receive $1.7 million over five years for clinical trials involving more than 300 cancer patients.

New bus route helps address health needs of KCK residents

0 | Aug. 15, 2014 | Community Health, Health Disparities

The Wyandotte County/KCK board of commissioners agreed to allocate $250,000 to run the health-focused route, which began operation in late June as the 105-Rosedale run.

More formal vetting process to be used in selecting new Medicaid inspector general

0 | Aug. 14, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare

KDHE Secretary Dr. Robert Moser said the KBI will conduct a background check of the top candidate before he or she is officially appointed.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

13 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

New regulations could end dispute over Kansas coal-fired power plant

0 | Aug. 20, 2014 | Environment

Greenhouse gas regulations recently proposed by the EPA could block a proposed facility next to an existing coal-fired unit at Sunflower’s station outside Holcomb.

Efforts continue to expand Medicaid in Kansas and Missouri

0 | Jan. 06, 2014 | Health Reform, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The political dynamics are a bit different in Kansas than in Missouri, but in both states supporters of expanded Medicaid programs are taking the same tack in hopes of persuading reluctant Republican policymakers to eliminate the so-called "Medicaid gap" that is leaving more than 340,000 low-income Kansans and Missourians without health insurance.

Doctors serve as laboratory for medical homes in Kansas

1 | Feb. 20, 2012 | Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP

Larry Rahn had never heard of a "patient-centered medical home," though his doctor's practice here is one of a handful certified in Kansas. Nonetheless, the 49-year-old John Deere mechanic said he had noticed something different about Dr. Jerad Widman's approach to medicine and that his health has improved in seven years under Widman's care.

High-tech gear helps disabled live independent, healthier lives

0 | Sep. 13, 2013 | Health Care Delivery, University of Kansas

Nearly 700 people got a look at the latest technology developed to help people with disabilities at the Assistive Technology Expo. The semi-annual event is organized by Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), a federally funded center at the University Kansas that connects people with disabilities and health conditions with tools to help them learn, work, play, and live independently.

Legislative leaders approve Interim meetings and special session spending

0 | Jul. 29, 2013 | Legislature

Legislative leaders approved interim study topics and meetings along with spending for the Sept. 3 special session. The KanCare oversight committee was allotted two days on dates to be announced later.

Missouri veto reflects growing debate over electronic cigarettes

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Tobacco

E-cigarettes have only been around the United States for about seven years and largely have been left unregulated by the federal government and most state governments.

San Antonio police unit overhauls approach to mental illness

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Mental Health

Eight years ago, San Antonio had an overcrowded jail population - primarily people with serious mental illnesses. Now, it boasts a mental health system that's considered a model for the nation.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

13 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Yoder stresses importance of federal funding for biomedical research

1 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Government, KU Medical Center, University of Kansas

Last year, KU and the University of Kansas Medical Center received more than $75 million in NIH funding.

New federal rules will disrupt care for disabled Kansans, state officials say

1 | Aug. 12, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, KanCare

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett says with the changes, thousands of Kansans likely would need to move from home-based care to a nursing home setting.

Study: Rejection of Medicaid expansion costing Kansas, Missouri hospitals billions

1 | Aug. 08, 2014 | Health Reform, Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

The analysis says that without Medicaid expansion, Kansas hospitals stand to lose $2.6 billion between 2013 and 2022.

Accuracy of survey showing spike in Kansas uninsured rate questioned

1 | Aug. 11, 2014 | Insurance, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

With enrollment up in Medicaid and private insurance, it appears some sort of methodological or sampling error is the most likely explanation for the Kansas results in the Gallup poll.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

KDHE launches 'health home' framework for Medicaid enrollees with mental illness

1 | Aug. 04, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP, Mental Health

The initiative had been slated for a Jan. 1, 2014, rollout but was pushed back to Aug. 1 after Ross and other health care officials said they needed more time to ensure the program’s readiness.

Powell touts years of work as insurance agent

1 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Powell sees a competitive insurance market as part of what he calls a “three-legged stool,” along with Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and a renewed emphasis on vocational education, to help Kansas attract new businesses.

DCF hires foster care ombudsman

1 | Jul. 16, 2014 | Children, DCF

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

Number of children in foster care hits record high

2 | Jun. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF, Mental Health

In April, there were 6,156 children in the state's foster care system. That’s 356 more children than in April 2013, and 872 more than two years earlier.

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