National politics

Making history, Pat Roberts will lead Senate agriculture committee
January 8, 2015
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts officially took the helm of the Senate’s agriculture committee Thursday, promising an “aggressive schedule” of hearings focused on everything from farm programs and school meals to oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Jenkins hears about immigration, budget at Lawrence town hall meeting
December 16, 2014
Rep. Lynn Jenkins told a Lawrence audience Tuesday that immigration will be the No. 1 priority for Republicans when the next Congress convenes in January. She also fielded questions about the recently passed spending bill that included rolling back regulations on banking, the environment and school lunches. By Peter Hancock
Torture report says little on Pat Roberts’ role
December 14, 2014
Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the time the CIA engaged in its program of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” But a report released by the committee this week criticizing that program says little about Roberts’ role as head of the oversight panel. By Peter Hancock
Jenkins says conservatives won in $1.1 trillion spending bill
December 12, 2014
The bill to fund most of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year cuts the EPA’s budget by 21 percent and prohibits the agency from extending Clean Water Act regulations to small ponds, drainage ditches and creeks. Kansas farmers and ranchers had worried about the impact of such a move, although EPA said the criticisms were unfounded. By Peter Hancock
Jenkins blasts Obama as House passes compromise tax bill
December 3, 2014
The U.S. House passed a bill Wednesday providing one-year extensions of several business and individual tax credits and deductions after the White House threatened to veto a more extensive tax bill. But the battle over tax cuts is likely to resume in January when Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.
Costs for Kansas insurance plans remain stable
November 15, 2014
Kansas consumers signing up for health insurance on the federally-run online marketplace will pay about the same next year, a new report shows.
5 things to know about health care
November 14, 2014
A second year of insurance signups under the federal health care overhaul begins this weekend with the Republican-dominated state government in Kansas still largely hostile to it and supportive state Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger nearing the end of her time in office.
Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate
November 14, 2014
Congress inched closer Friday to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week.
Kansas governor faces new questions about Medicaid
01:46 p.m., October 29, 2014 Updated 04:59 p.m.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback faced new questions Wednesday about his administration’s overhaul of Medicaid in Kansas because of a federal lawsuit and a new study suggesting some disabled participants have experienced problems with services.
Former Arkansas official describes state’s success with health care law
October 23, 2014
A former director of Arkansas’ Medicaid program said that state found a way to expand access to health insurance and improve the private health insurance marketplace through the Affordable Care Act. Andy Allison, who is also a former Kansas Medicaid director, was one of the keynote speakers at the annual Economic Policy Conference at Kansas University. But Kansas officials said it’s unlikely that program will be replicated here any time soon. By Peter Hancock
Arts panel approves design for Eisenhower Memorial
October 16, 2014
A key arts panel has approved a revised design for a memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, which could clear the way for groundbreaking.
Kansas Sen. Moran quits Eisenhower Memorial project
September 24, 2014
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran has resigned from the Eisenhower Memorial Commission after serving for 13 years as one of the original lawmakers overseeing the effort to build a memorial in Washington honoring the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
KAMU awarded federal navigator grant for second straight year
September 15, 2014
The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved was recently awarded a federal navigator grant of $468,396 for the second year of outreach and enrollment activities and training of navigators for the health insurance marketplace, part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
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