National politics

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
Report: 57,000 Kansans found exchange health plans
May 1, 2014
A new report says more Kansas residents than the federal government had anticipated selected health insurance coverage through an online marketplace.
Teacher protests follow Brownback
April 23, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday headed west to discuss some of his accomplishments during the 2014 legislative session and was met with protests by teachers who are upset that he signed into law the repeal of teacher tenure. Also Wednesday, Brownback signed into law a bill that could put Kansas officials in charge of Medicare and other federally funded health programs in the state and a bill that strips cities and counties of the power to regulate firearms and nullifies existing local gun ordinances. By Scott Rothschild
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.