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Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

1 trillion dollars of subsidies aimed at giant corporate Ag is okay.

Feeding poor people? That is just darn unamerican!

September 21, 2013 at 12:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

102 become citizens in Dole Institute ceremony

Thankfully there are 102 more people today who can balance out people like you.

Events like this should be a sobering reminder to all of us about how we take our U.S. citizenship for granted.

September 18, 2013 at 12:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New website to inform Kansans about Obamacare

The lack of Medicaid expansion in Kansas (and the 24 other states who have so far declined to expand) creates a problem when looking at eligibility for premium tax credit and cost sharing assistance for health coverage purchased from a state Marketplace (aka Exchange). 

An individual who is eligible for another form of minimum essential coverage (government-sponsored coverage, employer-provided coverage, etc) is not eligible for a premium tax credit. Following the NFIB ruling, a proposed regulation was floated by the HHS that applies to individuals in states that did not expand Medicaid who would be eligible under expanded Medicaid.

The HHS proposed regulation makes the income threshold to qualify for the premium tax credit for those individuals 100% of the FPL instead of the 138% threshold for individuals who live in states that did expand Medicaid. Therefore, in Kansas, you must make more than 100% of the FPL to potentially qualify for assistance when purchasing coverage from a Marketplace. If you make even 99% of the FPL, you do not qualify for any kind of assistance (unless you are a child or a pregnant women). If you are not a child, a pregnant women, an *extremely* poor parent with a child, medically-needy, or aged, blind and disabled, you do not qualify for any kind of assistance in Kansas… even if you have little to no income. In other words, if you are an extremely poor, healthy, non-pregnant individual with no children, you have zero access to assistance in Kansas. I suggest you move to a different state.

This problem is entirely the fault of Republican governors and legislatures (and to a degree, SCOTUS) who have refused to expand Medicaid. This assistance “gap” was not intended in the ACA because under the ACA every state was mandated to expand Medicaid to cover these individuals. Inaction in Congress ensures that this gap will not be addressed at the Federal level and state legislatures and governors refusing to expand Medicaid for what can only be viewed as petty, vindictive reasons that defy logical explanation ensures that no fix is coming at the state level.

September 4, 2013 at 1:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New website to inform Kansans about Obamacare

I can’t speak to this specific calculator because I have not looked at it yet. I can tell you that in Kansas a single adult with no children and no income qualifies for *ZERO* assistance in obtaining health care coverage. 

If an individual did not qualify for Kansas Medicaid under the Medicaid eligibility rules prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) then that individual continues to not qualify for Kansas Medicaid.  Further, if an individual has MAGI that is less than 100% of the federal poverty guideline then that individual will not qualify for any assistance when purchasing health coverage from the Kansas health care Marketplace.  In summary, if you are very poor in Kansas, thanks to the state legislature and governor, you almost certainly get no assistance.

Due to the NFIB v. Sebelius decision, states must voluntarily expand Medicaid eligibility to include the new eligibility category that was passed as part of the ACA. Generally speaking, the new eligibility category includes every individual who does not qualify for Medicaid under one of the original Medicaid eligibility categories AND has modified adjusted gross income that does not exceed 138% of the federal poverty guideline.

A state that has expanded Medicaid has this new eligibility category, a state that has not expanded Medicaid continues to have the same Medicaid eligibility rules the state had prior to the passing of the ACA. Kansas is one of 25 states that has not (at this time) decided to expand Medicaid eligibility.  Kansas Medicaid income requirements follow:

“Medicaid Income Requirements In Kansas
Children ages 1 to 5: 133% FPL.
Children ages 6 to 18: 100% FPL.
Pregnant women and infants ages 0 to 1: 150% FPL.
Parents/caregivers living with children ages 0 to 18: 30% FPL if more than 4 household members, add $61 for each added member.
Medically-needy: $495/month with asset limit of $2,000 for singles and $3,000 for couples.
Aged, blind, and disabled: 75% FPL with asset of limit of $2,000 for singles, and 83% FPL with asset limit of $3,000 for couples.”

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September 4, 2013 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback calls for special legislative session to address questions on 'Hard 50' law

Are you frigging kidding me?! What is wrong about the Supreme Court? Sentencing guidelines that allow a judge to impose lifelong punishment outside the realm of a jury impinge on our constitutional rights. The whole 5th amendment "due process" clause and all that.....

If an individual has committed an act so heinous that a "life sentence" should be mandatory than a jury of one's peers should decide it. The state should have never relied on this sentencing process in the first place. You should be thankful you live in a nation with a strong court that checks governmental overreach.

July 27, 2013 at 3:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Problem of voter registrations in `suspense' likely to continue

13,000 voters (and counting) disenfranchised to protect against ZERO voter fraud.

Welcome to Kansas.

July 19, 2013 at 6:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission approves Rock Chalk Park

They sent the Lawrence City Commission a letter informing them of Fritzel's duplicitous behavior... the Lawrence City Commission ignored it.

But really, nothing to see here, move along...

July 19, 2013 at 3:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Son to adopt dog of Lawrence man found dead in Kansas River

Sad story. Glad Gabby found a new home.

July 19, 2013 at 3:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission approves Rock Chalk Park

"Commissioner Bob Schumm added that the public had been able to give its input on the proposed project for the past 18 months."

How was the public supposed to give input on this project when the commission made decisions approving this project before many details (or almost any) were finalized? Even now, 18 months later, I sincerely doubt most of the public are even certain what those details are.

Graft at it's finest...

July 16, 2013 at 11:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Charles Koch plans $200,000 media ad campaign in Wichita

Just remember, ObamaCare is actually a Republican idea.

Obama wanted a single-payer healthcare system. This is the same type of system used in almost every other western democracy. Such systems on average provide significantly better healthcare and cost much less money.

Here is some data collected from the OECD: http://www.oecd.org/unitedstates/Heal...

July 11, 2013 at 11:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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