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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Kansas consumers have more ACA enrollment options

Officials say better rates available to Kansans who shop due to increased choices

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

With the start of new ACA open enrollment period, Kansans like Sherry Calderwood of Topeka are comparing costs of health insurance plans in the online marketplace.

HHS formally moves to close loophole allowing plans without hospital benefits

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

Under the new standard, companies with at least 50 workers “must provide substantial coverage of both inpatient hospital services and physician services” to meet the Affordable Care Act’s threshold for "minimum value” coverage.

Kansas House delegation supports EPA restrictions

0 | Nov. 24, 2014 | Environment, Congress

All four Kansas members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of three bills last week that seek to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.

Denver company to open eating disorder facility in KC area

0 | Nov. 21, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The partial hospitalization program is expected to open in late December near Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam.

REACH Foundation awards more than $1M to health, advocacy organizations

0 | Nov. 21, 2014 | Foundations

The 17 organizations contribute to the health care safety net system in the six counties within REACH Healthcare Foundation's service area.

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.

National association honors Praeger

0 | Nov. 21, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Praeger, a moderate Republican who is retiring in January after three terms as insurance commissioner, has been an advocate for health reform despite opposition from others in her party.

Kansas chosen for school breakfast grants

0 | Nov. 20, 2014 | Child Health, Foundations

Breakfast in the Classroom aims to remove some of the obstacles that keep students from getting a meal before the school day.

Kansas hospitals continue campaign for Medicaid expansion

0 | Nov. 20, 2014 | Hospitals, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

A report released by the Kansas Hospital Association says the state stands to lose more than $2.2 billion in federal matching funds between 2016 and 2020.

Annette Bloch donates $10 million to KU Hospital for expansion project

0 | Nov. 19, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals, University of Kansas

The 92-bed addition will house surgical oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, and ear, nose and throat services.

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.

No target date for final KEES rollout

0 | Nov. 19, 2014 | KDHE, HIE-HIT

A $135 million computer system meant to streamline applications for Kansas social services, including Medicaid, remains without a final "go-live" date more than a year after the rollout was originally scheduled to be completed.

Auditors suggest possible consolidation of Community Developmental Disability Organizations

1 | Mar. 12, 2014 | Legislature, Medicaid-CHIP

Legislative auditors reported the state might save up to $800,000 a year in administrative costs, if the number of Community Developmental Disability Organizations were reduced through consolidation. They also reported they found no "direct evidence" that the agencies had engaged in conflicts of interest in referring their clients for services.

Children’s Mercy Hospital develops app for infant heart defects

0 | Nov. 19, 2014 | Child Health, Hospitals

At an American Heart Association conference, a Kansas City pediatric cardiologist will introduce a tablet-based app that could make a big difference in monitoring and treating single-ventricle heart defects.

Americans for Prosperity joins effort to license mid-level dental providers

0 | Jan. 08, 2014 | Advocacy, Legislature, Oral Health

"Really it's about the free market in the realm of professional licensure," said Jeff Glendening, state director for the Kansas Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. "For us, this issue is really about 'Is government the best at telling consumers who should providing their services?' This allows the market to dictate that. The benefit of that is greater access in underserved areas around the state."

Consultant's report calls for overhaul of state hospital's approach to caring for mentally ill patients

0 | Sep. 03, 2013 | KDADS, Hospitals, Mental Health

Professional staff at Osawatomie State Hospital need to spend more time interacting with patients, less time in meetings, according to a consultant's report. And KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said he will put a new emphasis on programs aimed at keeping people from being admitted at Osawatomie and the other state hospitals.

National association honors Praeger

0 | Nov. 21, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Praeger, a moderate Republican who is retiring in January after three terms as insurance commissioner, has been an advocate for health reform despite opposition from others in her party.

Kansas hospitals continue campaign for Medicaid expansion

0 | Nov. 20, 2014 | Hospitals, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

A report released by the Kansas Hospital Association says the state stands to lose more than $2.2 billion in federal matching funds between 2016 and 2020.

KanCare MCOs announce their benefit-package subcontractors

0 | Aug. 28, 2012 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

KanCare's managed care companies each will use its own set of subcontractors to oversee dental, vision, pharmacy and transportation benefit packages.

2013 Kansas County Health Rankings

0 | Mar. 20, 2013 | Community Health

With the release of the 2013 County Health Rankings, Kansas counties can see how they compare with their neighbors so they can identify where they do well and where they can improve.

Salina dentists rally to halt anti-fluoride momentum

10 | Nov. 03, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Child Health, Oral Health

Dozens of dentists in Salina rallied opposition to a ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city's water supply, and voters rejected the measure by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday.

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.

Medicare termination looms at Osawatomie hospital

1 | Nov. 18, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

A federal agency has sent notice that Medicare payments to overcrowded Osawatomie State Hospital will be terminated, but state officials say they will address concerns before the deadline and avoid that action.

Meetings on support programs for Kansans with disabilities set for next week

3 | Nov. 07, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services plans informational sessions in Wichita, Hays and Lawrence.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

4 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

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.

Insurance exchanges launch nationwide with few glitches

1 | Nov. 17, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

By most accounts, the federal marketplace that handles enrollment for 37 states ran smoothly when it opened on Saturday — a far cry from last year’s disastrous rollout.

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.

Kansas hospitals pressing ahead with Medicaid expansion proposal

1 | Nov. 10, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Now that the election is over, Kansas hospital officials say the Brownback administration and some legislative leaders may be more open to discussing expansion.

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.

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