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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
Kansas insurance commissioner worried about changes to health care law
November 14, 2013
Kansas’ insurance commissioner said Thursday the Obama administration’s decision to delay by a year the cancellation of health care policies that no longer meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act could have unintended consequences.
Jenkins tours Lawrence plastic plant
November 4, 2013
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins toured one of Lawrence’s largest employers Monday, saying the experience will inform her in the future as Congress debates changes to the tax code. By Giles Bruce
Community partners to host town hall on insurance marketplace at LMH
November 4, 2013
Heartland Community Health Center will host a town hall forum on the new health insurance marketplace this Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Local Obamacare enrollment still slowed by glitches with website
October 31, 2013
The local effort to enroll people in the new insurance marketplace, a major piece of the Affordable Care Act, over the past month has been slowed by technical problems with the national website, HealthCare.gov. By Giles Bruce
Kansans have another option to investigate health insurance plans offered in marketplace
October 30, 2013
Kansans unable to access HealthCare.gov now have another option to check out their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.
How does the Affordable Care Act affect seniors, retirees?
October 27, 2013
Everyone seems to want to know these days: How will the Affordable Care Act affect me? Retirees and seniors are no exception. By Giles Bruce
After the vote, the political fallout: Moran, Jenkins support bill opening government, raising debt limit
October 17, 2013
The all-Republican Kansas delegation helped start the government shutdown, and on Wednesday two of its six members helped end it, voting to re-open government and lift the debt limit. By Scott Rothschild
Moran and Jenkins join majority in voting to reopen government, raise debt limit
10:09 p.m., October 16, 2013 Updated 11:57 p.m.
Early during the impasse, Kansas’ all-Republican congressional delegation supported efforts to make funding government contingent on de-funding the Affordable Care Act.
Legislator to file bill requiring ACA navigators to be checked and licensed
October 16, 2013
The chairwoman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee today said she will introduce legislation to require background checks and licensing of Affordable Care Act navigators in Kansas.
Controversy surrounds Lawrence navigator for Affordable Care Act
05:06 p.m., October 14, 2013 Updated 06:58 p.m.
A local outreach and enrollment worker for the Affordable Care Act has come under scrutiny after a national website published a story detailing her past legal problems Monday. By Giles Bruce
LMH, Kansas hospitals report success in reducing hospital infections
October 12, 2013
As Kansas hospitals report a drop in the number of hospital-acquired infections, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has found success in that area as well. By Giles Bruce