National politics

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
Brownback not moving toward Medicaid expansion; criticizes health exchanges
December 13, 2013
For now, Gov. Sam Brownback is content to not provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of Kansans under the Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
Health advocates say KanCare causing numerous problems
December 5, 2013
Advocates for those with disabilities and chronic health conditions today said Gov. Sam Brownback’s privatization of Medicaid, called KanCare, has produced numerous problems. And on a related issue, the advocates vowed to step up efforts to persuade Brownback and the Republican-dominated Legislature to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
Democrats urge expansion of Medicaid in Kansas
November 21, 2013
Democrats on Thursday urged Republican leaders in Kansas to change course and expand Medicaid to cover 100,000 Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
Couple at center of November homicide may have fallen into resource ‘gap’
November 16, 2013
Area health care service providers say the Hopkinses fit a not uncommon profile of a caregiver reluctant to ask for help and a patient who fell into an age gap keeping her from some services. Though providers describe this area as rich with health options, they also describe depleted-funding-induced waiting lists and age and income requirements as obstacles for some in need. By Stephen Montemayor