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Kansas continues to struggle in health rankings

State ranks 27th for second year, down from top 10 in 1990s

The state remains 27th in the annual America's Health Rankings - the same as last year - but has fallen from the top 10 in the 1990s.

In Kansas, average 'benchmark' plan cost lower for 2015

Five companies are selling plans for Kansans in the health insurance marketplace for 2015. That's up one from the previous year.

Supreme Court to hear EPA challenge from Kansas, 20 other states

Kansas and 20 other states contend the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the cots of a 2011 rule that requires coal-fired power plants to install new equipment to remove toxins from their exhaust.

Kansas safety net clinics seek federal funding for new sites

Affordable Care Act includes grants for about 150 facilities nationwide

At least six organizations in Kansas are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for grants to open new clinics.

Kansas House delegation supports EPA restrictions

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.

Kansas chosen for school breakfast grants

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

Report: 95,000 low-income families in Kansas need range of supports

Budget gap creates uncertainty for 'safety net' programs

The report says 42 percent of children born to parents at the bottom of the income ladder stay there.

Federal grant creates Alternative Sentencing Court in Topeka

Initiative provides treatment for misdemeanor defendants with mental health issues

The city will use a $91,000 federal grant awarded through the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to fund an Alternative Sentencing Court next year.

Kansas reports first confirmed flu case for season

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a patient in the northeast part of the state has the first confirmed case of influenza in Kansas this season.

Healthier Kansas requires healthier built environment, community design expert says

Bike- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods benefit residents, businesses

The keynote speaker at the Kansas Obesity Summit said roads, sidewalks, buildings and other community elements influence our travel choices and physical activity.

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