Communications Coordinator, KHI News Service Reporter and Digital Editor
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Phil Cauthon, M.S. — Communications Coordinator, KHI News Service Reporter and Digital Editor — is a journalist with experience in both traditional and new media platforms. Among other things, he oversees KHI's website, social media, and other online communications. Before joining KHI, Cauthon worked as an editor, reporter, photographer and online producer for The Lawrence Journal-World, where he helped create and manage a daily arts and culture website and weekly print edition. He has also worked for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Houston Chronicle’s Washington, D.C., bureau. Cauthon holds a master’s degree in Journalism — and bachelor's degrees in Spanish and International Economics & Politics — from the University of Kansas.
A new book by a Topeka newspaper reporter tells the story behind his life-and-death fight with bacterial meningitis. It essentially is a success story centered on answers he found to life's fundamental questions in the process of being healed.
Gov. Sam Brownback has replaced his Secretary of Agriculture, administration officials announced today. Outgoing secretary Dale Rodman's last day will be Dec. 10. Jackie McClaskey, who has been deputy secretary since July, will become the new head of the agency.
Last year, for the first time since 1954, the Legislature received from the governor and then approved a two-year budget plan, which means many important spending decisions for the coming fiscal year have already been made. "This is a whole new experience coming up," said Duane Goossen, a former budget director for three Kansas governors. "No one in the Legislature or the administration has been in the second year of an existing budget, so it's hard to predict how this session will go."
Nearly a year after the state’s transition to a Medicaid managed care program, hospitals and other providers continue to report problems.
White House officials held a news conference with Kansas State Rep. Barbara Ballard to make the case for expanding Medicaid eligibility in Kansas.
In 2012, more than 23 percent of children lived in poverty. That's up from 21 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, the average monthly enrollment in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) had dropped to about 21,600 from nearly 26,000 last year, according to a new report.
As Farm Bill negotiations grind on in Congress, Dan Glickman has coauthored a paper that he said he hopes will prime the pump for improved Farm Bills in the future. Glickman — a former U.S. Agriculture secretary and a former Kansas congressman — wrote "The Essential Role of Food and Farm Policy In Improving Health."
The two networks that comprise Kansas' digital health information exchange have agreed on terms for interconnecting. That paves the way for a unified network via which doctors statewide can exchange digital patient records.
If state-run Medicaid had its problems, one area that was working well in Kansas was providing oral health care to kids via programs like Kansas Cavity Free Kids, say officials at Head Start. But the program has been on hold for months while KanCare payment problems get worked out.
A University of Kansas conference in its 37th year had record turnout today for a discussion of the "Kansas Fiscal Experiment" enacted by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback. Local officials said more of the burden of sustaining public services now falls on them.