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(Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Kansas saw a slight uptick in tax collections for the month of August, collecting $3 million more than anticipated.

Aetna Medicaid CEO Randy Hyun (center) and Regional Vice President Deb Bacon (right) met with Kansas lawmakers in Topeka on Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Aetna is at risk of losing its Medicaid contract in Kansas.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

An insurance company with a $1 billion-a-year contract to help run the Medicaid program in Kansas has apologized for failing to meet the state's expectations.  The Aetna Medicaid CEO told state lawmakers this week that the company is taking steps to quickly improve its performance. 

Dennis Ritchey, right, and Kip Elliot, an attorney who helped Ritchey find his way out of a mental health nursing home. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, August 19th, 2019

A report argues Kansas is effectively "warehousing" people in mental health facilities.

Tennessee-based private prison company CoreCivic has been subjected to many lawsuits and investigations during its 30-year history.  (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, August 16th, 2019

CoreCivic, one of the nation's largest and oldest private prison companies, will soon house up to 600 Kansas inmates in a facility in Arizona. The Kansas News Service takes a closer look at this Tennessee-based private prison company, which has been the subject of many lawsuits and investigations during its 30-year history.

Reading Roadmap provides literacy programs at 30 school districts around Kansas. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen)
Stephen Koranda Friday, August 16th, 2019

The state says a contractor spent welfare money on excessive travel and salaries.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Monday, August 5th, 2019

The state's child welfare agency has drafted guidelines urging foster parents to allow LGBTQ kids in their care to "express themselves as they see themselves," riling conservatives a little more than a year after the state granted legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that do not place children with LGBTQ parents.  

Associated Press Monday, August 5th, 2019

According to a new report, dozens of complaints about Kansas Medicaid fraud were sent to a government email account that no one checked.   

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Friday, August 2nd, 2019

State tax collections beat expectations 25 of the past 26 months. 

Kansas Statehouse rotunda (Photo from KPR archives)
J. Schafer Monday, July 29th, 2019

Summer is a great time to tour the Kansas Statehouse, in part because it's far less crowded and busy.

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