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The annual rankings compare death rates, quality of life, health habits and access to care in Kansas.
Kansas News Service Wednesday, March 29th

The two counties at the bottom of Kansas’ health rankings also share high rates of poverty.  

Sister Loretta Jasper cut the ribbon on the Neighbor to Neighbor drop-in center on Cedar Street in Abilene, Kansas in February. (Photo credit: Bryan Thompson)
Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 28th

Loneliness and isolation aren't just social problems. They can also cause serious physical and mental health issues. That's why the Neighbor to Neighbor drop-in center is offering a place to meet and connect.   

The bill would expand KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program, to cover about 180,000 additional, low-income Kansans.
Kansas News Service Tuesday, March 28th

The bill passed 25-13 in a first-round Senate vote Monday. A final vote is expected later today (TUE).  

The USDA says the public health risk from avian influenza is low.
Harvest Public Media Monday, March 27th

The USDA says it has not found the disease among birds in the U.S. but is possible that wild birds could bring the deadly virus over from China.   

Last summer, Governor Brownback cut $56 million from the state’s privatized Medicaid program.
Kansas News Service Friday, March 17th

The KanCare program serves more than 400,000 low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans.

Congressman Roger Marshall talks with a constituent at the opening of his district office.
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 9th

Republicans are trying to reassure constituents that the “high risk pools” in their health care plan are better than “guaranteed issue” provision in Obamacare.

Buddhadeb Dawn, right, executive director of the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, talks with Rep. Les Osterman, far left, and David Prentice, center, of Charlotte Lozier Institute. (Photo: Andy Marso, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 9th

Officials from the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at KU Medical, told legislators that the trials will begin after final approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Andy Marso Wednesday, March 1st

Antipsychotic medications are often used to treat mental illness, but they're not approved for the treatment of dementia. 

Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company, is the sole bidder for a contract to operate Osawatomie State Hospital. (photo credit: Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, February 23rd

Investigations turned up problems at other Correct Care Solutions facilities, including attempted suicides and fire safety violations. 

Dennis Cooley, a Topeka pediatrician, says dealing with three KanCare insurance companies, each with its own set of rules, has created administrative burdens for his staff. (photo credit: Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, February 23rd

Hospitals, doctors and other health care providers have said they're having trouble getting paid on time and getting authorization for certain tests and treatments.


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