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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.
Anti-smoking advocates used today’s 15th anniversary of a multi-billion dollar settlement reached by 46 states and the nation’s major tobacco companies to urge Kansas policymakers to increase spending on programs that help people quit or avoid the smoking habit.
It took them the better part of two months trying to get signed up through the federal health insurance marketplace, but Leo Klumpe and Diana Arb finally have health coverage. “This is one problem we don’t have to worry about anymore,” said Klumpe, who recently retired after working for the state of Kansas for 30 years.
Despite improvements made since its disastrous October launch, the HealthCare.gov website today was still not able to seamlessly handle large numbers of consumers attempting to sign up by a Dec. 23 deadline for coverage that starts Jan. 1.
The head of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and two members met today with President Obama to discuss the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a moderate Republican who has generally supported the law, was invited but chose not to attend. She said the meeting was “premature” because the NAIC had not worked with its members to develop consensus on how to address remaining problems with the law’s implementation.
As requested by President Obama, officials at the state’s largest health insurance company said they would extend for another year individual policies that don’t comply with the minimum standards of the federal health reform law.
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said she expects health insurers doing business in the state to stop cancelling policies that don’t meet the minimum coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act and reverse the thousands of cancellations already in process.
Anti-smoking campaigns have generally succeeded in educating Americans about the hazards of tobacco use, experts say. Smoking prevalence has declined by almost half in the last 50 years as a result. But it remains stubbornly high among one group – persons with severe and persistent mental illness.
Top federal health officials are apologizing for the glitches that have stalled enrollment in health care plans through the new federal insurance marketplace.
The parent companies of Kansas’ three main Medicaid managed care organizations posted mixed earnings reports this week and provided stock analysts with differing forecasts.
Democrat Paul Davis is not making Medicaid expansion a front-and-center issue in his campaign to unseat Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. But it’s an issue that could get forced onto the campaign agenda in the coming months as thousands of uninsured Kansans realize that the federal health reform law won’t help them gain coverage because the state’s GOP leaders have chosen against it.