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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KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

KDADS officials say beneficiaries free to opt out of health homes

3 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

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.

Solving the puzzling mental health issues of Bhutanese refugees

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Health Disparities, Mental Health

Yoga - an ancient practice - has helped Bhutanese refugees lower their levels of pain, anxiety and depression.

Candidates battling for insurance post differ on big issues

0 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

A poll taken as the race headed into its final week showed Republican Ken Selzer leading Democrat Dennis Anderson by double digits – but nearly half of voters didn’t know either candidate.

Family doctors push for a bigger piece of the health care pie

0 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Workforce

Eight family-physician-related groups, including Leawood-based American Academy of Family Physicians, have formed Family Medicine for America’s Health coalition.

Kansas City conference tackles language of health care

0 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Health Reform

As reformers work on making the U.S. health care system more efficient, they’re also looking to improve communication with consumers - a concept known as "health literacy."

Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

1 | Oct. 24, 2014 | KanCare, Oral Health

When the state handed over administration of Medicaid to three managed care companies, the companies granted basic dental services to more than 130,000 adults who hadn't previously had it under Medicaid. But relatively few of those adults took advantage of it in KanCare's first year.

Sidelined player steps up game in concussion awareness effort

0 | Oct. 24, 2014 | Advocacy

A University of Kansas freshman is working to support awareness of and research into post-concussion syndrome by forming the nonprofit HeadsUp Foundation for PCS.

ACA gets mixed reviews at economic conference

0 | Oct. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance, Medicaid-CHIP

Less than a year after the first plans were sold in the Obamacare marketplace, it’s clear that the law’s impact on consumers, providers and employers has been mixed. But it’s also clear that it’s too soon to fully gauge its impact.

Brownback administration asks EPA to retract water rule

0 | Oct. 23, 2014 | Environment, Government, Agriculture

Gov. Sam Brownback and five Cabinet members signed a letter Thursday asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retract a proposed rule to expand the EPA's jurisdiction over smaller tributaries under the Clean Water Act.

Groups agree overuse of antipsychotic drugs an issue in Kansas nursing homes

0 | Oct. 23, 2014 | Health Care Delivery

The leaders of two state organizations say far too many nursing homes have come to rely on using antipsychotic drugs to control residents’ dementia-driven behaviors.

KDHE releases updated health risk data

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Community Health, KDHE

For the 2013 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, KDHE workers conducted telephone interviews with 20,000 randomly selected adults throughout Kansas

Eating disorders and insurance: A fraught combination

1 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

In survey results released last year, the National Eating Disorder Association reported that costs and insurance limitations as the biggest barriers to treatment of eating disorders.

Candidates battling for insurance post differ on big issues

0 | Oct. 27, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

A poll taken as the race headed into its final week showed Republican Ken Selzer leading Democrat Dennis Anderson by double digits – but nearly half of voters didn’t know either candidate.

Solving the puzzling mental health issues of Bhutanese refugees

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Health Disparities, Mental Health

Yoga - an ancient practice - has helped Bhutanese refugees lower their levels of pain, anxiety and depression.

Shannon Cotsoradis takes helm at children's group

0 | Jun. 29, 2010 | Advocacy

Shannon Cotsoradis, executive vice president at Kansas Action for Children, has been tapped to replace Gary Brunk as the advocacy group's chief executive. Brunk will continue to work on special projects and federal issues for the group he headed for 14 years.

Businesses challenge smoking ban

1 | Jun. 22, 2010 | Government, Legislature, Tobacco

Several businesses have joined a lawsuit against the state, asserting that the statewide public smoking ban that becomes effective July 1 is unconstitutional.

Groups agree overuse of antipsychotic drugs an issue in Kansas nursing homes

0 | Oct. 23, 2014 | Health Care Delivery

The leaders of two state organizations say far too many nursing homes have come to rely on using antipsychotic drugs to control residents’ dementia-driven behaviors.

Kansas official among those encouraging Congress to delay Obamacare

0 | Sep. 18, 2013 | Congress, Health Reform, Insurance

With less than two weeks remaining before one of its most important elements is scheduled to kick in, Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer was one of four state policymakers appearing today before Congress, urging federal lawmakers to delay implementation of Obamacare. Meanwhile, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger was in a teleconference with the White House where top federal officials talked about a new initiative aimed at countering concerns that the upcoming insurance marketplace will foster fraud and privacy breaches.

Pharmacy dispute settled

0 | Jun. 18, 2010 | KHPA, Health Care Delivery

A day after the Kansas Health Policy Authority was asked to review its upcoming contract extension with CVS Caremark for state employee pharmacy benefits, CVS and Walgreens announced they had settled their problems.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

State income tax cuts putting pressure on local communities

1 | Oct. 24, 2013 | Budget, Legislature, University of Kansas

A University of Kansas conference in its 37th year had record turnout today for a discussion of the "Kansas Fiscal Experiment" enacted by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback. Local officials said more of the burden of sustaining public services now falls on them.

Smoking ban decision expected Wednesday

0 | Jun. 29, 2010 | Legislature, Tobacco

A Shawnee County District Court judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether a new statewide smoking ban will begin on Thursday.

Children's Cabinet set to weigh in on tobacco revenue projections

0 | Nov. 30, 2012 | Budget, Children, Tobacco

Members of the Children's Cabinet are scheduled to discuss scenarios in which the state would receive $12 million, $25 million, or $44 million in tobacco settlement money next fiscal year. All three projections represent significant reductions from the $56 million in tobacco dollars now being spent on children's programs.

KHN Consumer Column: Rising Costs Spur Increase In Health Savings Accounts

0 | Jun. 22, 2010 | Commentary

Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, discusses future changes to high-deductible health plans and the health savings accounts that link to them.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected

6 | Oct. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, KanCare

The Democratic candidate for governor says support services to Kansans with developmental disabilities should not be part of the state's privatized Medicaid program.

Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

1 | Oct. 24, 2014 | KanCare, Oral Health

When the state handed over administration of Medicaid to three managed care companies, the companies granted basic dental services to more than 130,000 adults who hadn't previously had it under Medicaid. But relatively few of those adults took advantage of it in KanCare's first year.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | 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.

Eating disorders and insurance: A fraught combination

1 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

In survey results released last year, the National Eating Disorder Association reported that costs and insurance limitations as the biggest barriers to treatment of eating disorders.

State losing ground in efforts to help disabled land jobs

2 | Oct. 07, 2014 | DCF

State officials say their goal is to help 2,000 Kansans with disabilities find “integrated employment,” meaning competitive jobs rather than so-called “sheltered employment.”

Kansas budget director says job growth eventually will restore revenues

2 | Oct. 01, 2014 | Budget

Shawn Sullivan, director of the governor’s budget office, said small business owners will use the money they’re saving from tax cuts to create new jobs.

State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

1 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Early Childhood, DCF

A Wichita-based Early Head Start program has opted to go without nearly $1 million in funding because of difficulties dealing with a state agency.

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.

State child support workers to be laid off

1 | Jul. 05, 2013 | DCF

The Kansas Department for Children and Families has told more than 200 workers in its Child Support Services division to expect to receive layoff notices by Aug. 5.

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