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.

Kids Count rankings put Kansas in top third

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | Child Health, Early Childhood, Rankings-Indicators

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy group, released its annual Kids Count report today, and Kansas ranked 15th overall and Missouri 29th. The report assesses overall child well-being based on four broad categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies put Kansas consumers in limbo

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | Courts, Health Reform

If the 2-to-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stands, consumers in the 36 states – including Kansas and Missouri – that didn’t establish their own online health insurance marketplaces would no longer be eligible for subsidies.

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.

D.C. appeals court overturns subsidies for federal exchange

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | Courts, Health Reform

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled that subsidies may not be offered in the federal health exchange. But the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals later offered its own decision, upholding the subsidies.

Hub key to sustaining local food movement in northeast Kansas

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

By the end of the fifth year, hub farmers could be generating up to $2.3 million in additional sales, the report said.

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.

Wichita chiropractor pleads guilty to health care fraud

0 | Jul. 21, 2014 | Courts, Insurance

A Wichita chiropractor pleaded guilty to defrauding health care insurers of more than $1.3 million.

White House study: Kansas losing money, jobs without Medicaid expansion

0 | Jul. 18, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

The state is missing out on $820 million over the next three years by choosing not to expand Medicaid eligibility, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

KC med school program emphasizes career possibilities for urban teens

0 | Jul. 18, 2014 | Workforce

The day gave more than 60 students from inner-city schools the opportunity to learn about pathology and microbiology - and see that a career in medicine is possible.

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.

KDHE responds to CMS enrollment concerns

0 | Jul. 15, 2014 | KDHE, Medicaid-CHIP

CMS officials last month directed officials in six states, including Kansas, to submit plans for correcting delays in determining eligibility in their respective Medicaid programs.

More than 100 current and former GOP officials endorse Davis

0 | Jul. 15, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Government

While former office-holders say Brownback has the state headed in the wrong direction, GOP officials counter that Republican defectors are oblivious to state’s shift to the right.

Issue Brief: Currently Eligible Adults in Medicaid: The Few Who Qualify

0 | Apr. 10, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

It is a common misconception that all poor Kansans are eligible for Medicaid. In reality, only a few are actually eligible. To inform the discussion KHI has released a new issue brief (link) that examines in detail who is—and who is not—currently eligible for the combined Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Kansas.

Advocates, hospitals unite to raise Kansas breastfeeding rate

0 | Jul. 14, 2014 | Child Health, Hospitals

Three years ago, breastfeeding coalitions throughout the state joined the Kansas Hospital Association and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund in launching High 5 for Mom and Baby, an ongoing campaign aimed at helping hospitals adopt five principles that have been found to increase breastfeeding rates.

White House study: Kansas losing money, jobs without Medicaid expansion

0 | Jul. 18, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

The state is missing out on $820 million over the next three years by choosing not to expand Medicaid eligibility, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Robot helps save the day at rural hospital

0 | Jun. 02, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Rural Health, Telemedicine

Some small, rural Kansas hospitals are using highly sophisticated medical robots in ways that are helping ease the shortage of specialists in their areas and - in at least one instance - boosting the bottom line.

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.

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.

Pharmacy board approves plan to connect to statewide exchange

1 | Mar. 28, 2013 | Health Care Delivery, HIE-HIT

The Kansas Board of Pharmacy approved a plan to connect the state's prescription drug monitoring program with LACIE — one of the two Kansas networks for exchanging patient health information. Members expressed frustration with attempts to connect with the other network, KHIN.

D.C. appeals court overturns subsidies for federal exchange

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | Courts, Health Reform

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled that subsidies may not be offered in the federal health exchange. But the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals later offered its own decision, upholding the subsidies.

Roberts' proposal to cut SNAP fails in U.S. Senate

1 | May. 21, 2013 | Congress, Nutrition

During debate on the Farm Bill, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts unsuccessfully proposed reducing food stamp spending by 4 percent. The Kansas Republican's motion failed, 40-58, in the Democratically controlled U.S. Senate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Issue Brief: Health Reform Likely to Increase Demand on Mental Health System

1 | May. 30, 2014 | Research, Health Insurance, Health Reform, Press Releases

Recently released federal data show the Kansas mental health system could expect up to 7,700 new patients due to expansion of insurance coverage under ObamaCare. This influx of patients could create strain on the mental health system in some Kansas communities.

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