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Kansas lawmakers and lobbyists go to work on budget, school funding, Medicaid and more

Less government is facist dog whistle for more corporate control.

And we all know the Koch brothers control you like a sock puppet!

January 20, 2015 at 7:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers and lobbyists go to work on budget, school funding, Medicaid and more

What is the Results of States Not Expanding Medicaid

January 20, 2015 at 7:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers and lobbyists go to work on budget, school funding, Medicaid and more

Topeka hospitals lose millions without Medicaid expansion

Topeka’s two hospitals would lose millions in revenue under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but expanding Medicaid could blunt some of that impact, according to an analysis.

The Kansas Hospital Association projected how much revenue hospitals would lose locally and statewide under the health care law. Across the board, the impact was deeper if Kansas doesn’t expand Medicaid, which is known as KanCare under Kansas’ system of contracting with three private managed care organizations. Much of the impact came from Medicaid payments returning to their normal levels after a temporary increase in reimbursement rates for 2013 and 2014, said Kevin Han, chief financial officer for Stormont-Vail HealthCare.

Under the health care law, all states would have expanded Medicaid to cover households making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. The federal government would pay all of the cost of expansion in the first year, though that would be reduced to 90 percent over time. The law also included provisions to cut other reimbursements hospitals receive.

In Kansas, Medicaid covers children up to 133 percent of the poverty line, which would be an annual income of $31,721 for a family of four, with higher income limits for infants and toddlers. Adults with children can be covered only if they have an income of $7,872 or less, and childless adults aren’t eligible. KHA estimated about 100,000 low-income adults would gain coverage if Kansas expanded Medicaid by 2016.

January 20, 2015 at 7:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers and lobbyists go to work on budget, school funding, Medicaid and more

Dave don't you and the Kpi like to spread lies?

January 20, 2015 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers and lobbyists go to work on budget, school funding, Medicaid and more

Ever wonder how much money Kansas has left on the table since January 1st 2014 by not expainding Medicaid?

Medicaid since January 1st 2014?

$412,760,000.00 million.

Kansans pay taxes and expect something back in return. Like health care and financial security.

January 19, 2015 at 6:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Sen. Roberts skeptical of Obama moves on Cuba

Sure pat, Freeing Iraq

All republicans in favor

Cost 5000 dead solders, 7 trillion dollars spent and rising.

150,000 dead Iraqis, it's worse there than before the war

Destabilized the whole region!

Freeing Cuba!

Cost nothing

All republicans opposed!


December 23, 2014 at 8:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Torture report says little on Pat Roberts' role

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): Chairman of the Senate Cover-up Committee

As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-KS) duty is “to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States” and “to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.” But on the most important intelligence issues facing Americans – such as the manipulation of Iraq intelligence, warrantless domestic spying, and torture – Roberts has transformed his committee into a “Senate Coverup Committee” for the Bush administration.
Warrantless Domestic Spying
Iraq Intelligence
Intelligence Leak Hypocrisy
What Editorial Boards Are Saying

December 15, 2014 at 7:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Children's advocates call on Brownback to veto transfer of $5 million from children's programs to KBA

Tornado Alley too dangerous for pathogen research lab

Graphic images of utter devastation from the EF-5 tornado that slammed into Moore, Okla., are a stark reminder of the power of cyclonic storms in the Great Plains to destroy virtually all above-ground structures that lie in their path.

They should also be a warning of the folly of building a federal research lab handling the most dangerous pathogens on earth in the heart of Tornado Alley. And yet that is exactly what the Department of Homeland Security is planning to do in Manhattan, Kan., which in 2008 was struck by an EF-4 tornado similar to the one that leveled Moore, Okla.

The decision of the DHS to build the National Bio-and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, in Manhattan, Kan., is a classic example of politics trumping safety and the lengths that state officials and members of Congress will go to secure a billion-dollar federal project in times of economic hardship. Designed to replace the aging Plum Island lab on Long Island, the NBAF will conduct research in maximum containment labs on pathogens that represent a grave threat to humans and livestock, whether from terrorist attacks or natural outbreaks.

The decision to build the NBAF in Kansas was the result of a two-year site selection process in which 28 sites in 11 states were evaluated by federal officials. I chaired the consortium of San Antonio research institutions that competed for the site selection. The single most important criterion in the selection process was safety and the risk of a catastrophic event resulting in the accidental release of deadly pathogens. The fear of such a scenario was so great that heated public opposition caused many of the proposed sites to be withdrawn from consideration. In the end, the Kansas site was chosen in the waning hours of the Bush administration and soon afterward endorsed by the Obama administration.

May 8, 2014 at 7:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )