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Widick named KNI superintendent

0 | Apr. 14, 2014 | KDADS, Hospitals

Brent Widick, 49, has been interim superintendent at Kansas Neurological Institute since December 2013. He succeeds Barney Hubert, who retired after nearly 35 years at the state hospital.

Managed care program for elderly to expand in Kansas

0 | Apr. 14, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP

Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded managed care program for people who are 55 or older, low-income and close to being admitted to a nursing home - will expand in the next few years to provide service in 59 Kansas counties. Currently the program known as PACE only is available in eight counties.

Kansas officials set to begin drafting 50-year water plan

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | Environment

The team of Kansas water officials working to shape the future of water resources in the state is one step closer to drafting its 50-year water plan after a Friday meeting to share public input gathered from more than 140 meetings across the state.

Wyandot Inc. CEO announces retirement

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | Community Health, Mental Health

Pete Zevenbergen, the CEO of Wyandot Inc. who expanded the scope of Wyandotte County’s community mental health center, announced his retirement Thursday.

KCK home health provider indicted on fraud charges

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | Community Health, Health Care Delivery, Other

A Kansas City, Kan., home health attendant was indicted Wednesday in a federal fraud case in which Medicaid paid more than $587,000 based on fraudulent billing practices.

Sebelius resigns; Obama names OMB chief Burwell to head HHS

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | Government, Agencies, Health Reform, Outside Source

After a five-year tenure that included the flawed rollout of the health care law and stormy relations with Capitol Hill Republicans, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, a White House official said late Thursday.

KDHE picks Belfry for communications post

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | KDHE

Sara Belfry is currently deputy director of communications for Gov. Sam Brownback's office. She will begin her full-time position at KDHE on April 14.

EPA to propose rule change for Clean Water Act

0 | Apr. 09, 2014 | Environment, Agencies

Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006 concerning Clean Water Act violations have left legislators, industry officials and the EPA stuck with complicated Clean Water Act cases concerning the agency’s jurisdiction over small streams and wetlands. poll shows most Kansans support Medicaid expansion

1 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Medicaid-CHIP

Poll results released today indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue could be a factor in the Kansas governor’s race. The poll, done last week for Political Action, a left-leaning group dedicated to “progressive change,” showed that 52 percent of Kansans favored expanding the health care program to more low-income adults. But a spokesman for Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election said the poll results were dubious and intended to favor Democrat opponent Paul Davis.

Prominent Kansas insurance agent sanctioned for misrepresenting ACA

0 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Agencies, Health Reform, Insurance

In a move that may be unprecedented simply because of the subject matter involved, the Kansas Insurance Department has fined a prominent insurance agent $1,000 for publishing false and misleading information about the Affordable Care Act.

County officials say health rankings can be powerful tool

0 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Community Health, Rankings-Indicators

Bugging people to exercise may not be the best way to encourage healthy behaviors among local residents, according to panelists who gathered to discuss recently released health rankings for Kansas counties. More subtle approaches have worked in Allen, Sedgwick and Wyandotte counties.

Brownback job-training initiative draws praise

0 | Apr. 07, 2014 | Legislature, Workforce, Social Determinants of Health

Ashley Gaeddert is a senior at Newton High School who, like hundreds of others across the state, is getting a head start on a career in medicine thanks to a new state training program.

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