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HHS says nine health insurance companies owe refunds to Kansas policyholders

Some companies operating in the state failed to meet ACA medical spending marks

The 2010 Affordable Care Act required that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars collected on medical care for policyholders. Those that fail to meet the threshold are obliged to pay refunds.

Wichita chiropractor pleads guilty to health care fraud

More than $1.3 million in fraudulent claims submitted to private and government insurers

A Wichita chiropractor pleaded guilty to defrauding health care insurers of more than $1.3 million.

Larned State Hospital to host 11th annual mental health conference

Conference topics will include personality disorder, mastering dialectical behavior therapy and ethics and boundaries for professionals treating people who are sexually abused.

REACH Foundation announces grant application schedule

Each year, the foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to strengthen health care access and health care quality in the foundation’s six-county service area, which includes Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

Kansas selected for program to reduce prescription drug abuse

The program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration focuses on intervention and treatment resources to counter prescription drug abuse.

Report: Tobacco use significantly higher among mentally ill adults

Mentally ill smoke at double the rate of general population

Mentally ill Kansas adults smoke at double the rate of the general population, according to a new report.

First cases of travel-related chikungunya virus reported in Kansas

Two Sedgwick County residents diagnosed after travel to Caribbean

The patients, both of whom are adults from Sedgwick County, reported recent, but separate, travel to the Caribbean.

National report: Midlevel dental providers expand access to care

Study of Minnesota, Alaska clinics finds revenue increase for nonprofit public settings

The report examined the experiences of two public nonprofits with dental therapists - one in Alaska and another in Minnesota - and a telehealth project in California.

Groups mark 15th anniversary of court ruling on ADA

The event at the resource center also will serve as an introduction for the Community Integration Act, which would create a mandatory home- and community-based services alternative to nursing facilities and institutions.

KC health foundation seeks applications for leadership academy

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City developed the Leadership Academy in 2013 to build local expertise in policy and community environments for the uninsured and underserved.

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