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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Kansas hospitals continue campaign for Medicaid expansion

New report says state losing billions of federal dollars, missing chance to extend coverage to more than 100,000 low-income Kansans

A report released by the Kansas Hospital Association says the state stands to lose more than $2.2 billion in federal matching funds between 2016 and 2020.

GOP lawmakers reject request for KanCare investigative committee

Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat and member of the KanCare Oversight Committee, urged members to recommend the formation of an investigative committee. But six Republicans on the committee opposed his request.

Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems

While the state already faces a projected $280 million revenue this budget year, an additional $40 million is needed to meet rising KanCare costs.

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Kansas consumers have more ACA enrollment options

Officials say better rates available to Kansans who shop due to increased choices

With the start of new ACA open enrollment period, Kansans like Sherry Calderwood of Topeka are comparing costs of health insurance plans in the online marketplace.

Moser stepping down from KDHE post

KanCare architect says it’s the right time to ‘look at other opportunities’

As KDHE secretary, Moser helped to oversee the dismantling of the Kansas Health Policy Authority and privatization of the Medicaid program.

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Kansas hospitals pressing ahead with Medicaid expansion proposal

Election results cloud Statehouse prospects but could help give state more negotiating clout with feds

Now that the election is over, Kansas hospital officials say the Brownback administration and some legislative leaders may be more open to discussing expansion.

Brownback policies cutting welfare rolls but not poverty rate

Administration officials say self-sufficiency goal of welfare-to-work program; critics say low-wage jobs no way to lift people out of poverty

Rather than putting more dollars into traditional public assistance programs, the governor has instituted policies that instead steer would-be beneficiaries into welfare-to-work programs.

Health care compact gains attention as campaign issue

Compact critics target Brownback; Cabinet official comes to the governor’s defense

If the compact is approved by Congress, its nine member states could suspend federal health care regulations within their borders and take over several programs now administered by the federal government.

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Candidates battling for insurance post differ on big issues

But both still relatively unknown to voters as campaign heads into final week

A poll taken as the race headed into its final week showed Republican Ken Selzer leading Democrat Dennis Anderson by double digits – but nearly half of voters didn’t know either candidate.

ACA gets mixed reviews at economic conference

Arkansas Medicaid expansion plan touted as a way to lower rates of uninsured, premiums in the private marketplace

Less than a year after the first plans were sold in the Obamacare marketplace, it’s clear that the law’s impact on consumers, providers and employers has been mixed. But it’s also clear that it’s too soon to fully gauge its impact.

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