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 Tim Franklin farms in Goodland, in northwest Kansas, but drove to Topeka earlier this year for a hearing on the Kansas Farm Bureau's insurance plans. (Photo by Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)
Jim McLean Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Farmers and ranchers throughout the Midwest say the cost of health insurance is a major stressor.  So, Farm Bureau chapters in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska are responding by jumping into the health insurance marketplace. In this report, Jim McLean explains why such plans are controversial.    

Kansas News Service Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

The state health department wants to be sure everyone knows that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a crib on his or her back.

 The Asian longhorned tick is blamed for crippling cattle diseases in several foreign countries, causing millions of dollars in losses.  (Photo from Centers for Disease Control /
Kansas News Service Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The Asian long-horned tick has been spotted in the eastern United States and researchers say it appears to be migrating westward and could harm livestock and people in Midwestern states.

The $1.25 billion facility is a biosafety level-4 laboratory and will replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. NBAF is expected to be operational by 2022-2023. (File photo from KCUR Radio)
Harvest Public Media Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, will study the deadliest of animal diseases. But it’s taking years longer and millions more dollars than expected to build that massive federal lab near the K-State campus in Manhattan.  In this three-part series from Harvest Public Media and the Kansas News Service, we explore the facility’s construction delays and which federal agency is actually in charge of the lab.  We also examine safety concerns and whether the community's first responders and public health officials are prepared for the lab to open. 

Blue Valley Hospital, now known as Pinnacle Regional Hospital, says it provides a third of all bariatric surgeries for Medicaid patients in Missouri.  (File photo from KCUR Radio)
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Blue Valley Hospital challenged its decertification in court, but a judge dismissed the case on procedural grounds.

Kansas News Service Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The good news? There's been some improvement in key categories. The bad news? Wyandotte County's still among the lowest-ranked counties in the state.   

Kansas News Service Monday, March 18th, 2019

All six of the hospitals were once operated by EmpowerHMS, which used to be based in North Kansas City. 

Horton Community Hospital is the third EmpowerHMS-run hospital to close in the last few weeks. (photo credit: Facebook)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

It's the third rural hospital in Kansas to close in the last three months. We have two reports from the Kansas News Service on what happened, and what this might mean for state legislators looking to expand Medicaid eligibility.    

Kansas News Service Friday, March 8th, 2019

The hospitals include Via Christi St. Teresa in Wichita and Stormont Vail in Topeka.   

Kansas News Service Friday, March 1st, 2019

Doctors have consistently opposed bills in the Kansas Legislature that would let nurses with certain advanced training provide care traditionally left to physicians. But nursing organizations say passing such legislation could help ease serious rural health care shortages.   


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