KHI News Service

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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Hall Family Foundation gift propels KU Medical Center building project

0 | Budget, KU Medical Center

A $25 million gift from the Hall Family Foundation has generated the funds needed by the University of Kansas to move forward with a critical building project on its medical center campus.

KC network collects donated animal pancreases for research

0 | Jul. 30, 2014 | Health Care Delivery

The pet organ donation network is the brainchild of the leaders of Likarda, a Kansas-based bioscience firm.

Survey finds 1 In 5 uninsured don’t want coverage

0 | Jul. 30, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Among those who remain uninsured, only 59 percent were familiar with the new Obamacare marketplaces and 38 percent were aware of federal subsidies to lower their insurance costs.

'Nun on the bus' coming to Kansas City

0 | Jul. 30, 2014 | Advocacy, Congress, Medicaid-CHIP

Sister Simone Campbell is well-known for her outspokenness on social justice issues, including Medicaid expansion.

Company seeking to buy KC area Catholic hospitals draws condemnation, admiration

0 | Jul. 30, 2014 | Hospitals

Prime Healthcare Services, a for-profit California health care company, is known for acquiring struggling hospitals and attempting to turn them around.

HHS report: ACA has saved Kansas seniors $10 million in drug costs

0 | Jul. 29, 2014 | Health Reform

A provision in the health reform law closes the "donut hole," or coverage gap where beneficiaries have no insurance help with the cost of their medications.

Carondelet Health agrees to sell two KC-area hospitals

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Hospitals

Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services has signed a letter of intent to acquire St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.

Solvency of Medicare Trust Fund extended

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Health Care Delivery

The Medicare Trustees today projected that the trust fund that finances Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, four years beyond what was projected in last year’s report.

Shultz says experience separates him from field

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

Veteran legislator seeks to win Republican primary without alienating general election voters.

Selzer looks north for Kansas insurance roadmap

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

Selzer pledges to cut red tape, roll back regulations that impede job growth and fight government dictates.

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.

Gossage would limit state’s role with ACA

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

If elected, Gossage says she will encourage insured and uninsured Kansans to meet with an independent agent before they explore their options in the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace.

Five seek GOP nomination for insurance commissioner

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform, Insurance

In advance of the Aug. 5 primary, learn more about the candidates who hope to succeed Sandy Praeger as the state's insurance commissioner.

Kansas gets grants to match child support funds for college savings

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials say they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two nonprofit groups to launch a program aimed at getting parents to pay down child support debts.

Five seek GOP nomination for insurance commissioner

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform, Insurance

In advance of the Aug. 5 primary, learn more about the candidates who hope to succeed Sandy Praeger as the state's insurance commissioner.

HHS says nine health insurance companies owe refunds to Kansas policyholders

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

The 2010 Affordable Care Act required that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars collected on medical care for policyholders. Those that fail to meet the threshold are obliged to pay refunds.

Shultz says experience separates him from field

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

Veteran legislator seeks to win Republican primary without alienating general election voters.

Hog farm expansion raises questions about water use

0 | May. 19, 2014 | Environment, KDHE

Even as Greeley County farmers are counting water by the drop, Seaboard Farms plans to increase production at its giant hog facility near Tribune, bringing as many as 396,000 hogs to an exhausted area of the Ogallala Aquifer.

Gossage would limit state’s role with ACA

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

If elected, Gossage says she will encourage insured and uninsured Kansans to meet with an independent agent before they explore their options in the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace.

KU doctors say plan for transplant waits would make local patients sicker

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Health Disparities

Change is coming to the way donated livers are allocated in the United States, and Richard Gilroy, a hepatologist and medical director of transplantation at the University of Kansas Hospital, said that's not good news for those on waiting lists in Kansas and Missouri.

New Missouri law pays dividends for KC clinic

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Safety Net

Safety net clinics like Kansas City CARE are adapting from serving uninsured patients to those who recently acquired coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Local food movement thriving on the High Plains of Kansas

0 | Jul. 21, 2014 | Community Health, Nutrition

Direct marketing food to customers is proving to be a boon for members of a western Kansas producers' cooperative that has seen strong sales growth. "For one thing, it has made it possible for my nephew to come back to the farm," said Chris Schmidt, a Rawlins County farmer who grows 2,000 acres of commodity grain but also is selling direct to online customers.

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.

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.

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.

National report: Midlevel dental providers expand access to care

1 | Jul. 02, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Oral Health

The report examined the experiences of two public nonprofits with dental therapists - one in Alaska and another in Minnesota - and a telehealth project in California.

Web-based tool helps match foster children, families

1 | Jun. 26, 2014 | Children, DCF, Health Care Delivery

The tool, developed about two years ago by TFI Family Services, a Topeka-based charity, is being marketed by Foster Care Technologies, a for-profit partnership between TFI and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.

Food stamp work requirements complicate Farm Bill passage

6 | Jul. 08, 2013 | Nutrition, Safety Net

Kansas policymakers seem to be at the forefront of a controversial national movement to make it more difficult for people to qualify for a federal program that helps more than 46 million low-income Americans — including more than 300,000 Kansans — buy groceries.

Two multiple homicide cases raise questions about adequacy of mental health system

4 | Feb. 03, 2014 | Community Health, Mental Health

Two multiple murder cases have been tied to men who were brought by police to the state hospital here because of their threatening behaviors but were released several days later after hospital officials deemed them no danger to themselves or others. The ensuing tragedies have left many wondering what went wrong and whether the state’s mental health system and the way it works with law enforcement is adequate.

Kansas prepares for new federal HCBS rules

1 | Jun. 10, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP

Providers of home- and community-based Medicaid services and their state overseers are preparing for a raft of new federal rules intended to assure that the people who receive the services have more say in how they are helped and that their living conditions are “non-institutional.”

Radio ads promote health insurance marketplace

1 | Jun. 05, 2014 | Advocacy, Government, Health Care Delivery, Insurance, KanCare

Underwritten by a federal grant, the 30-second commercials are designed to let people know they can buy health insurance on the federal marketplace if they’ve experienced a life-altering event within the past 60 days.

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