National politics

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
Sen. Roberts calls on HHS Secretary Sebelius to resign
October 11, 2013
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today called on Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to resign for “gross incompetence” in the rollout of the online enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Obamacare enrollment slow in Lawrence thus far
October 7, 2013
Pictured: Rosilyn Wells, right, discusses information regarding the Affordable Care Act with Lawrence Memorial Hospital personal care assistants Barbara Harris, left, and Debra Pacheco, center. An overload of visitors to the website in the first few days after the rollout of the new health insurance marketplace has delayed the application process for many Americans. Officials tasked with implementing the law in Kansas, however, caution residents to be patient, since plans bought now don’t go into effect until Jan. 1. By Giles Bruce
Kansas delegation holds position of making government funding contingent on delaying Obamacare
October 2, 2013
As the federal government shutdown entered its second day, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins defended her vote to fund government contingent on putting in place a one-year delay on the Affordable Care Act requirement that millions of people buy health insurance.
Meetings in Lawrence to explain new health care law
October 1, 2013
Lawrence-area residents will have a chance to learn more about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, at a series of meetings scheduled to take place in the community over the next several weeks. The first meeting is set for Wednesday.
What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?
September 30, 2013
Obamacare is here. A major piece of the 2010 Affordable Care Act will be rolled out Tuesday. But what does that mean for you, the Lawrence consumer? By Giles Bruce
Praeger says Congress shouldn’t defund Affordable Care Act
September 30, 2013
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger on Monday criticized attempts in Congress to defund or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence man travels state informing Kansans about Affordable Care Act
September 27, 2013
Sheldon Weisgrau is here to tell you the truth about health care reform. Much of the news about the Affordable Care Act has been filtered through politics, he says, so what often makes it to the public is either distorted, dishonest or flat-out wrong. The Lawrence health consultant is on a mission to change that. By Giles Bruce
Kansas premiums lower than expected under new health insurance marketplaces, report says
September 25, 2013
Less than a week before thousands of Kansans can shop for health insurance on new online marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government has released what the cost of those policies will be. By Scott Rothschild
Dole Institute exercise reveals trade-offs in federal budget cutting
12:00 a.m., September 24, 2013 Updated 10:23 a.m.
Monday’s federal budget deficit exercise at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University did the seemingly impossible: It made people feel compassion for Congress. That may seem hard to believe, when four-fifths of the country disapproves of the job Congress is doing, but trying to reduce the deficit is a little more difficult when you are the one faced with the decisions, which have wide-ranging impacts on the lives of real people. By Giles Bruce
$3.1 million Affordable Care Act grant comes to Kansas to help consumers review insurance rates
September 23, 2013
Kansas’ Republican political leaders continue to voice opposition to the Affordable Care Act, but the federal government continues implementation of the health reform law. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas’ U.S. House delegation supports bill providing government funding but defunding health law
September 20, 2013
Kansas’ all-Republican U.S. House delegation today supported the GOP plan that would provide stopgap funding to keep the government running but only if President Barack Obama’s health care plan is defunded.
Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years
September 19, 2013
All four Kansas members in the U.S. House voted for a Republican plan to cut food stamps by $39 billion that would cause nearly 4 million people to lose benefits. By Scott Rothschild
Doctors’ offices may not see a lot of changes from Obamacare
September 17, 2013
How the law often known as Obamacare affects medical practices remain to be seen, but many physicians and health care experts say they don’t expect that doctors’ offices will experience a lot of changes. And Robert Lee, professor of health care policy and management at the Kansas University School of Medicine, said doctors’ offices should be able to implement the law without any major administrative headaches. By Giles Bruce
Will young, healthy people purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act?
September 17, 2013
The Affordable Care Act has a goal of near-universal coverage in the U.S., but for that to happen many young, healthy Americans will have to buy insurance. Otherwise, experts say, costs may go up for everyone else, such as people with pre-existing conditions, who for the first time will be able to purchase insurance without restrictions. By Giles Bruce