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Many nurses eventually work on master's or doctorate degrees to become nurse practitioners.  (Photo by Bethany Wood, for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The state of Kansas requires nurse practitioners to sign contracts with doctors. Physicians say that rule protects patients and forces beneficial collaboration, but nurses say the contracts just limit patient options and restrict competition.   

Demonstrators greeted lawmakers at the Capitol in Topeka this week. On Wednesday, a proposal for expanding Medicaid lacked the votes needed to force an up-or-down roll call vote in the Kansas Senate.  (Photo by Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Will they, won't they?  The battle to expand Medicaid in Kansas rages on at the Kansas Statehouse. 

Kansas News Service Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The rule was supposed to go into effect next week, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to hold off while a lawsuit over the new policy is being decided.   

Ransom Memorial Hospital, a 44-bed acute-care facility in Ottawa, Kansas, was founded in 1931. (image credit: AdventHealth)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

 AdventHealth operates more than 45 hospitals in nine states. 

Physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital perform surgery. KU is one of 14 transplant centers challenging a new policy on liver allocation. (photo credit: The University of Kansas Health System)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

A new policy going into effect at the end of April changes allocation from a regional system to one that prioritizes the sickest patients, no matter where they are.  

Kansas News Service Monday, April 22nd, 2019

A class action lawsuit claimed that the state of Kansas made it too hard for Medicaid recipients to receive expensive antiviral drugs.  

Kansas News Service Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers will visit the Neosho Regional Medical Center in Chanute before heading to Pittsburg.

Kansas News Service Friday, April 19th, 2019

Governor Laura Kelly decided to compromise rather than veto the bill, hoping that might in turn prompt a compromise on one of her priorities: Medicaid expansion. 

 Tim Franklin farms in Goodland, in northwest Kansas, but drove to Topeka earlier this year for a hearing on the Kansas Farm Bureau's insurance plans. (Photo by Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)
Jim McLean Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Farmers and ranchers throughout the Midwest say the cost of health insurance is a major stressor.  So, Farm Bureau chapters in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska are responding by jumping into the health insurance marketplace. In this report, Jim McLean explains why such plans are controversial.    

Kansas News Service Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

The state health department wants to be sure everyone knows that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a crib on his or her back.


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