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Bryan Thompson Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Kansas is officially posting finalized licensing rules for abortion providers in the state. The new rules are more lenient than temporary ones, which a judge has blocked. But as KCUR’s Elana [AH-LAH-NAH] Gordon reports, abortion providers are still likely to find them problematic.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, October 27th, 2011

When Youthville announced the closing of its psychiatric residential treatment facility in Newton this week, the agency said it was because state budget restraints had led to a reduction in referrals. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the man who heads the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services takes issue with that claim. Optional Tag: Stay tuned for Bryan's interview with SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki coming up a little bit later on Morning Edition.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

One of the largest, nonprofit child welfare agencies in Kansas is ending its residential psychiatric services in Newton. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, it’s because of dwindling referrals to the program. Optional tag: Bryan will have more later this morning on the bigger picture around these closings.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger warned lawmakers yesterday (MON) about the risk of not complying with a key feature of the federal health reform law. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, it’s a risk they appear willing to take.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Time may be running out for those who want Kansas run its own health insurance exchange. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, they’re not ready to give up just yet.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Federal investigators have concluded that poor sanitation and poor handling practices at a cantaloupe packing facility in Colorado were likely to blame for the Listeria outbreak that has killed 25 people and sickened 123 more. As KPR's Bryan Thompson explains, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to the producer, Jensen Farms.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

A new report on the U-S health care system once again shows the nation is lagging behind other industrialized countries. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, both the nation and the state of Kansas get particularly low scores on one important measure.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The head of an organization that represents many Kansas nursing homes says repealing a part of the federal health reform law that creates a new long-term care insurance program would be short sighted. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, federal officials have concluded the program isn’t financially sustainable.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Soot and dust particles in the air can be a serious health threat. When they get into the lungs, they can trigger asthma, heart attacks, and strokes. The EPA has been trying to reduce the amount of particulate matter in the air for more than 20 years. But for the last several months, farm-state lawmakers have been up in arms about fears that the agency was preparing to regulate dust generated by farmers. KPR's Bryan Thompson has the latest. (Note--The second audio file is an alternate version for Harvest Public Media.)

Bryan Thompson Friday, October 14th, 2011

A program that offers federal money to help healthcare professionals pay for their education—if they’ll practice in underserved areas—has reached a new milestone. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the National Health Service Corps has nearly tripled in size over the past two-and-a-half years.

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