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A backlog of Medicaid applications worsened at the end of 2015 when an executive order signed by Gov. Sam Brownback went into effect, consolidating all applications within a single KanCare Clearinghouse in Topeka. (photo credit: Kansas News Service)
Andy Marso Wednesday, February 22nd

Thousands of applications for long-term care are hung up in the system, causing problems for both applicants and care providers. 

Kansas News Service Monday, February 20th

Two KU economists examined the issue of "medical divorce," which happens when married couples divorce in order to qualify for Medicaid benefits.

About 200 people recently rallied at the Statehouse in support of KanCare expansion. (Photo: Jim McLean)
Kansas News Service Thursday, February 16th

The House committee that deals with heath care issues is expected to vote this week on a bill that would expand Medicaid eligibility to more than 300,000 low-income Kansans.

Opponents of expanding Medicaid eligibility in Kansas told lawmakers yesterday (THUR) that Medicaid expansion has been a disaster in the states that have enacted it.
Kansas News Service Friday, February 10th

31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs. Kansas is among 19 that have not.   

Associated Press Wednesday, February 8th

The expansion would provide insurance to an additional 150,000 Kansans. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says a “corrective action plan” is being implemented to address the complaints.
Kansas News Service Friday, February 3rd

​The Center for Medicaid Services says many KanCare recipients with developmental disabilities are not receiving the services they need to help them live independently.

Dr. Damon Heybrock's medical practice is part of a growing group of primary care offices that charge a monthly fee rather than taking insurance. (Photo: Andy Marso, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, February 2nd

Direct primary care doctors don’t take insurance, so they don’t take Medicaid patients but that could change if Medicaid block grants become a reality in Kansas.

The suit charged that HCA failed to meet commitments after it bought 3 Kansas City area hospitals in 2003. (Photo: Courtesy of HCA Midwest Health)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, February 1st

The Health Care Foundation says it will spend the money on grants for mental health, tobacco use prevention and safety net health care.   

Many small towns have seen their local grocery stores close and residents have limited access to fresh food.
Kansas News Service Monday, January 30th

In some parts of rural Kansas, residents must travel 20 to 30 miles to the nearest full-service grocery store.

Image from Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Associated Press Saturday, January 28th

Kansas health officials say the flu is spreading across the state.  Six outbreaks have been confirmed: two in Leavenworth County, and one each in Cherokee, Harvey, Osage, and Saline counties. Health officials say it's not too late to get the flu vaccine, as the disease could spread for two or three more months.

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