Jim McLean

Executive Editor, KHI News Service

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Jim McLean, Executive Editor of KHI News Service, oversees the KHI News Service. From 2005 until 2013, McLean coordinated all communications activities at KHI as Vice President for Public Affairs. The position he now occupies was created as part of a strategic initiative to solidify the editorial and operational independence of the KHI News Service. Prior to coming to KHI, McLean had a distinguished career as a journalist, serving as the news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal. During his more than 20 years in Kansas journalism, McLean won numerous awards for journalistic excellence from the Kansas Press Association, regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. In 1997, McLean and two Capital-Journal colleagues received the Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Award from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism for a series of stories on the state’s business climate. McLean holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University.

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Conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies put Kansas consumers in limbo

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.

Hub key to sustaining local food movement in northeast Kansas

Consultant says region home to enough producers, sufficient demand to make effort feasible

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

More than 100 current and former GOP officials endorse Davis

Concerns about Brownback tax policy prompt group's decision to support Democratic candidate

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.

Key lawmaker says smaller government also goal of tax cuts

As the leader of a conservative Republican majority in the Senate, Susan Wagle says: "Government has less money to spend, but that’s what the people are asking for, they want more money in their pockets."

Cash-flow loan triggers debate about Brownback’s economic policies

Sharp disagreements between Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic legislators on the State Finance Council provide a preview of what is likely to be the dominant topic in the governor’s race.

Former Kansas family still hopeful medical marijuana will help son with epilepsy

After move to Colorado, Ryan and Kathy Reed see some improvement but no reduction in seizures

In the weeks since the Reed family left Kansas for Colorado, steady increases in the dosage of medical marijuana have helped 3-year-old Otis to sleep better but haven’t reduced his seizures.

Kansas hospitals crafting Medicaid expansion proposal

Hope is that governor and legislators will be more receptive after the election

Fearing that political events may be conspiring to foreclose the opportunity to use mostly federal dollars to extend coverage to thousands of uninsured poor adults not currently eligible for Medicaid, the Kansas Hospital Association is preparing to shift its lobbying campaign into high gear.

Concerns raised about appointment-scheduling process at Topeka VA hospital

Moran, Jenkins say offices are fielding complaints from veterans

The Topeka Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center hasn’t been implicated in the waiting-list scandal unfolding across the country. But on Friday, two Republican members of the Kansas congressional delegation said their offices have fielded numerous complaints from veterans in recent months about long-standing appointments being canceled or rescheduled at the last minute.

Report: Medicaid expansion would help thousands of uninsured Kansas veterans

Hospital association chief pens op-ed urging program expansion

The chief executive of the Kansas Hospital Association is using a recent report about uninsured veterans to make the case for Medicaid expansion.

Foundation president sounds alarm on state’s drop in health rankings

The 2013 health rankings compiled by the United Health Foundation listed Kansas as the 27th healthiest state in the nation - down from eighth in 1991.

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