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Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 29th

This year’s report comparing the health of nearly all of the counties in Kansas looks very much like last year’s report. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the southeast part of the state is decidedly less healthy than the rest of Kansas. Jim McLean, of the KHI News Service, will be along at 6:30 and 8:30 with a related feature on how Wyandotte County is trying to improve its health status, so stay tuned for that.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 29th

New gifts totaling four-million dollars have brought the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s fundraising since 2009 to the fifty-million dollar mark. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the goal is to win designation as a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center.

Bryan Thompson Sunday, March 27th

One part of the federal health reform law that went into effect one year ago requires companies to spend most of the premium dollars they collect on health care for their customers. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, some companies may struggle to meet that requirement. Bryan will have more on the controversy over medical loss ratio requirements at 6:30 and 8:30 this morning.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, March 23rd

The Kansas Supreme Court is considering a medical malpractice case that could affect doctors, patients and trial attorneys. At issue is the constitutionality of a state law that limits the amount of money that victims of medical malpractice can collect in court. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, one victim is challenging the state's cap on damage awards. You can find more on the Miller case and its potential effect on doctors, hospitals and patients on the website of the Kansas Health Institute -- www.khi.org

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, March 23rd

The Kansas House has given tentative approval to a bill to repeal the smoking ban exemption for state-owned casinos. But members turned back efforts to essentially repeal the smoke-free law. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, March 23rd

The Affordable Care Act, the legislation which will overhaul America’s health care system over the next four years, is one year old today(WED). As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, whether that’s cause for celebration or outrage depends whom you ask.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 22nd

Efforts to repeal or weaken the state’s new ban on smoking in public places don’t appear to have much momentum in the Legislature. More from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

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.

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