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.

DCF backs Focus on Family adoption event

0 | Oct. 31, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas first lady Mary Brownback is expected to attend the event aimed at recruiting adoptive families.

Optometrist, dentist and chiropractor PACs support Selzer

0 | Oct. 31, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Government

The Kansas insurance commissioner race is the only of six statewide election contests to not include an incumbent.

Sales tax on ballot to fund three McPherson County hospitals

0 | Oct. 31, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Hospitals

A half-cent sales tax increase is on the ballot for McPherson County voters Tuesday. The proceeds would go to fund three hospitals in the county.

Study: Lack of understanding about insurance could lead to poor choices

0 | Oct. 31, 2014 | Insurance

As people shop for health coverage this fall, the gap between perception and reality could lead them to choose plans that don’t meet their needs, researchers say.

Health care compact gains attention as campaign issue

0 | Oct. 30, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Agencies, Health Reform

If the compact is approved by Congress, its nine member states could suspend federal health care regulations within their borders and take over several programs now administered by the federal government.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | 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.

Lawsuit against KanCare company puts program in spotlight again

0 | Oct. 30, 2014 | Courts, KanCare

In a lawsuit filed this week, the former Sunflower State Health Plan official claimed she was fired after she objected to a directive to shift KanCare members away from high-cost providers.

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."

Lawsuit against KanCare company puts program in spotlight again

0 | Oct. 30, 2014 | Courts, KanCare

In a lawsuit filed this week, the former Sunflower State Health Plan official claimed she was fired after she objected to a directive to shift KanCare members away from high-cost providers.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. health system still ranks low despite being the world's most expensive

0 | Jun. 23, 2010 | Health Care Delivery, Health Reform

Despite having the most costly health system in the world, the United States consistently under performs relative to other top industrial countries, according to a newly updated report from The Commonwealth Fund. When compared to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand, the U.S. came in last or next-to-last in each of five measurements of high performance.

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.

Smoking ban injunction issued for 31 private clubs

0 | Jun. 30, 2010 | Tobacco

A Shawnee County judge has ruled that private clubs will be temporarily exempt from the statewide smoking ban that becomes effective Thursday.

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.

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.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | 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.

Governor launches first of three childhood-poverty forums

1 | Nov. 14, 2011 | Children, Social Determinants of Health

Reducing the number of children born to single mothers is the most effective way to combat childhood poverty. That's according to Robert Rector, the Heritage Foundation fellow picked by Gov. Sam Brownback to keynote the first of his administration's three planned meetings this week on the topic of childhood poverty. Rector's remarks angered some in the audience of about 250 people.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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