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Bryan Thompson Friday, March 11th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is asking the federal government to relax rules prohibiting the state from cutting its Medicaid program. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, Brownback made the request in a letter to Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, March 3rd

Mental Health advocates say cuts proposed for mental health services in Kansas will endanger lives and burden emergency rooms, mental hospitals, and jails statewide. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, hundreds of advocates will converge on Topeka today(THUR) to declare that the mental health system in Kansas is at its breaking point.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 1st

A report from a proponent of health care reform says out-of-pocket spending caps in the Affordable Care Act will protect families from financial ruin due to medical expenses. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, an estimated 150-thousand Kansans will need the protection of those caps, which take effect in 2014.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, February 24th

The budget bill passed by the U-S House of Representatives would do away with more than 90 per cent of the federal funding that supports the nation’s poison control centers. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, a cut of that magnitude could threaten the very existence of the nationwide poison control hotline.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, February 23rd

The health reform debate goes well beyond the individual mandate and new insurance regulations. It extends to one of the biggest programs operated by state governments – Medicaid. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, like many states headed by new Republican governors, Kansas is looking for ways to sharply reduce its Medicaid spending.

Bryan Thompson Friday, February 18th

Agents of the Food and Drug Administration and the Salina Police Department have arrested the owner of a Salina business for selling aromatic potpourri allegedly treated with a synthetic form of the drug THC. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, regulating these designer drugs is a complicated business.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, February 16th

Kansas is getting a $31 million grant to help it develop the information technology for the insurance purchasing exchange it is planning to comply with the federal health reform law. We get more from the KHI News Service’s Jim McLean.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, February 10th

A new statewide poll shows that a large majority of Kansans like the law put in place last summer that bans smoking in inside most public places. And as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, it also shows that voters don’t want to see the law repealed.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, February 8th

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and his counterparts in 22 other states are telling the U-S Supreme Court that greenhouse gas emissions standards should be decided by legislators and regulators, not the courts. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, these 23 states want the high court to ban the use of public nuisance lawsuits to regulate greenhouse gases.

Bryan Thompson Monday, February 7th

The Kansas House may vote this week on a constitutional amendment aimed at blocking parts of the federal health overhaul law. If it passes the House, it appears headed for a cool reception in the Senate. More from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

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