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Bryan Thompson Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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.

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