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13 things to understand about health insurance
September 8, 2014
A few facts to help you better understand your health insurance policy.
How’s your health insurance literacy? Groups in Kansas are trying to improve it
September 8, 2014
The easiest way to understand health insurance is to know there’s no easy way to understand health insurance. “If you’ve seen one insurance plan, you’ve seen one insurance plan,” said Joe Pedley, chief financial officer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. That’s why groups across the state are trying to improve residents’ health insurance literacy. By Giles Bruce
Jenkins frustrated with lack of strategy for Ukraine crisis
August 29, 2014
Rep. Lynn Jenkins hopes President Barack Obama will outline a strategy to Congress when it reconvenes next week about how to respond to Russian military incursions into Ukraine. Both she and her Democratic opponent in this year’s election, Margie Wakefield, say they are not yet ready to commit to a military response. By Peter Hancock
Health Care Access parts ways with executive director
August 14, 2014
The board of directors of Health Care Access, Douglas County’s safety-net health clinic for the uninsured, has parted ways with its executive director, Shelly Wakeman. Kim Polson, the clinic’s data and policy coordinator, has taken over as interim director. By Giles Bruce
About 1,800 Kansans at risk of losing ACA coverage
August 13, 2014
About 1,800 Kansans who enrolled in health insurance through HealthCare.gov are at risk of losing their coverage if they don’t provide proof of citizenship or immigration status by early next month.
Kansas’ uninsured rate rose in 2014, Gallup poll finds
August 6, 2014
Kansas’ uninsured rate has risen in the past year more than any other state’s, according to a Gallup Well-Being poll released this week. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence college students holding garage sale to benefit Heartland
July 25, 2014
Two college students are holding a garage sale this weekend to benefit a local safety-net clinic.
Kansans to receive more than $3.6 million in insurance reimbursements under Obamacare
July 24, 2014
Nearly 60,000 Kansans are expected to receive more than $3.6 million in reimbursements from their insurance companies under a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Kansas, Kentucky took different paths on Affordable Care Act — and got different results
July 13, 2014
Kentucky fully participates in the Affordable Care Act, having eased the eligibility requirements for Medicaid and created its own health insurance marketplace, while Kansas does not. In turn, Kentucky has reduced its uninsured population by, according to some estimates, two-thirds, while Kansas has barely made a dent in its number of residents who lack health coverage. By Giles Bruce
Huelskamp faces GOP challenge in Kan. 1st District
July 5, 2014
The Republican congressman from the sprawling 1st District of western and central Kansas has found himself increasingly on the defensive while campaigning in the GOP primary race back home. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a tea party favorite and Kansas farmer known for his criticism of the GOP leadership in Washington, is seeking a third two-year term to represent this agricultural district. At the end of 2012, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stripped Huelskamp of the farm state’s nearly automatic seat on the House Agriculture Committee. A member of the Kansas delegation had served on that panel for nearly 100 years.
Hobby Lobby case based on 1993 law that had bipartisan support
June 30, 2014
Kansas University constitutional law scholar Rick Levy said Monday the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby contraception case shows that an unwritten law — the law of unintended consequences — is alive and well. By Scott Rothschild
New Obama press secretary, a Kansas City native, is more honey, less vinegar
June 20, 2014
Josh Earnest comes to the job of White House press secretary with a reputation for Midwestern affability and a style of relating to the media that’s more honey and less vinegar.
Democrats allege campaign violation by Jenkins; Jenkins’ office denies impropriety
June 2, 2014
The Kansas Democratic Party on Monday alleged that U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins violated ethics rules related to compensation of her campaign manager. Jenkins’ office said the allegation is baseless. By Scott Rothschild
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins files for re-election
May 27, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday filed to run for re-election, calling her presumed Democratic opponent Margie Wakefield a liberal “gal” who was better suited to represent San Francisco than eastern Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
Number of Kansans who signed up for insurance through marketplace exceeds government’s expectations
May 1, 2014
The number of Kansans who enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace exceed the federal government’s expectations, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday. By Giles Bruce