National politics

Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor
April 11, 2014
President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law’s comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.
Kathleen Sebelius resigns from Obama Cabinet
09:24 p.m., April 10, 2014 Updated 08:14 a.m.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday.
Faces of the uninsured: five years later
March 29, 2014
In 2009, the Journal-World profiled four Douglas County residents who lacked health insurance. Since then, a lot has changed: The Affordable Care Act passed at the federal level, with the aim of expanding insurance to most of those who previously went without it. What has that meant for the four people the Journal-World wrote about five years ago? We revisit their stories today. By Giles Bruce
Lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened
03:20 p.m., March 27, 2014 Updated 05:38 p.m.
The Obama administration announced Thursday it is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in Kansas and four other states. Gov. Sam Brownback criticized the move as a federal overreach and said the state is looking for ways to respond. Kansas environmental groups’ reactions were mixed.
Kansas Senate passes bill barring Medicaid expansion
March 26, 2014
The Republican-dominated Kansas Senate wants to indefinitely extend a ban on expanding the state’s Medicaid program in line with the federal health care overhaul.
About half of eligible Kansans have enrolled in health insurance marketplace
March 14, 2014
Nearly 30,000 Kansans have selected a plan on the health insurance marketplace, part of the Affordable Care Act, through the first of this month, the Department of Health and Human Services reported this week. By Giles Bruce
Kansas weighs regulating health care ‘navigators’
March 11, 2014
The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to new regulations for counselors who help consumers navigate the federal online health insurance marketplace.
Insurance department allows insurers to extend health plans that aren’t compliant with ACA
March 7, 2014
The Kansas Insurance Department has given the OK to insurers in the state that they can continue to renew health insurance policies that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, a day after President Obama extended the deadline until October 2016.
Jenkins bill to delay individual insurance mandate would be vetoed, White House says
March 4, 2014
A proposal by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, which would delay the individual health insurance mandate for one year under the Affordable Care Act, would be vetoed by President Barack Obama, the White House said Tuesday.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital lowers number of pneumonia re-admissions, starts being penalized under federal program
February 19, 2014
While Lawrence Memorial Hospital significantly reduced its pneumonia readmission rates from 2012 to 2013, the hospital has begun being penalized under a federal program to cut down on readmissions. By Giles Bruce
About 8,000 more Kansans sign up for insurance marketplace in January
February 12, 2014
About 8,000 more Kansans obtained health coverage in January through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace. By Giles Bruce
Farmers, at least, happy to see progress on farm bill
February 2, 2014
While local farmers appear to be happy that a new farm bill is close to being signed into law, nutrition advocates worry that cuts to the food stamp program could further exacerbate problems for the hungry in Douglas County. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence Memorial Hospital concerned about numbers of insured under ACA
January 15, 2014
Lawrence Memorial Hospital continues to deal with the fallout from health care reform. CEO Gene Meyer said Wednesday he is concerned that the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law often known as Obamacare, won’t provide insurance to as many Americans as was first projected, when hospitals in the U.S. agreed to significant reductions in their Medicare reimbursements. By Giles Bruce
Obamacare enrollment picks up in Lawrence
January 10, 2014
Lawrence health care officials say enrollment in the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace has been increasing in recent weeks, particularly in the days leading up to the Christmas Eve deadline to buy insurance that would start Jan. 1. By Giles Bruce
Praeger still working to make health care reform succeed in Kansas
December 30, 2013
Despite opposition to the law among many in her political party, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has been trying to make sure one major goal of health care reform succeeds: getting more people insurance. By Giles Bruce