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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.
Supporters of a proposed task force to promote and accommodate the demand for locally grown foods said they were pleased the Legislature is still considering the idea but that they are concerned about the ways the panel’s members might be picked.
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger jumped into the political tussle over proposed legislation that would add Kansas to a list of states petitioning Congress for authority to oversee Medicaid, Medicare and other health care programs now mostly controlled by the federal government.
A bill aimed at speeding payments from the state's KanCare contractors to Medicaid service providers was endorsed by a House committee. But a bill pushed by opponents of municipal water fluoridation was tabled.
Kansas lawmakers are looking at creating a task force focused on increasing demand for locally grown foods and lowering market barriers for the farmers who produce them.
Kansas policy makers are generally opposed to expanding Medicaid unless a more private-sector approach is used, according to a briefing paper written by a consulting firm headed by former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt.
The legislative committee charged with overseeing state building projects today added money to next year’s budget to help the University of Kansas fund construction of a $75 million classroom building on its Kansas City, Kan. campus.
University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is scheduled to appear before a legislative committee Thursday to renew a request for state help in financing a state-of-the-art classroom building at its medical school.
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said she has seen no evidence the Affordable Care Act is straining the finances of health insurance companies operating in the state.
The consulting firm headed by former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has delivered a report to the Kansas Hospital Association outlining what it considers might be politically viable options for expanding the Kansas Medicaid program to includes thousands of additional people.
A new Kansas study reinforces the links between physical fitness and academic performance. The Kansas Health Foundation would like to see K-FIT, the program that produced the study, expanded to include 900 Kansas schools.