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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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.

Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected

Brownback administration officials say record doesn’t support challenger’s claims

The Democratic candidate for governor says support services to Kansans with developmental disabilities should not be part of the state's privatized Medicaid program.

State losing ground in efforts to help disabled land jobs

Mixed reviews for new initiative aimed at reversing employment declines

State officials say their goal is to help 2,000 Kansans with disabilities find “integrated employment,” meaning competitive jobs rather than so-called “sheltered employment.”

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Kansas budget director says job growth eventually will restore revenues

Others contend rebound impossible as long as tax cuts remain in place

Shawn Sullivan, director of the governor’s budget office, said small business owners will use the money they’re saving from tax cuts to create new jobs.

Praeger favors Democrat to succeed her as insurance commissioner

Three-term Republican incumbent says Anderson more focused on policy than politics

A veteran of three statewide campaigns, Sandy Praeger says her endorsement sends a potentially significant signal to voters trying to decide which candidate to support in the down-ballot race.

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Specialists in South Dakota use telehealth system to give ER care in Kansas

Hospitals in eight states link with real-time support for emergency rooms

The Phillipsburg hospital is the first in the state to sign up for a 24/7 telemedicine program operated by Avera Health, a Catholic health care system based in Sioux Falls.

Kickapoo in a race to stem the tide of diabetes

Effort part of CDC-funded initiative to slow spread of the disease among American Indians

A new half-mile walking trail is part of a five-year project to help the Kickapoo initiate programs to combat diabetes.

Negotiations on nursing practice bill off to good start

Groups discuss legislation allowing nurses with advanced training to practice on their own

Representatives of Kansas doctor and nurse groups are negotiating on legislation allowing nurses with advanced training to practice on their own.

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