Health http://kcur.org en Insurance Coverage For Autism Set To Begin In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/insurance-coverage-autism-set-begin-kansas <p>Insurance companies will begin covering autism services next January for a limited number of children in Kansas. A bill mandating such coverage has been signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.</p><p>“So I am pleased to sign this bill today, expanding coverage for autism. This is an important moment for families that deal with the challenges of an autistic family member, and it’s important that we do this as a society," the governor said.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:06:57 +0000 Bryan Thompson 54315 at http://kcur.org Brownback Urged To Veto Health Compact Bill http://kcur.org/post/brownback-urged-veto-health-compact-bill <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Gov. Sam Brownback would be taking a political risk by signing a bill that could eventually give state officials control of Medicare and other federal health care programs, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said Tuesday.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:23:06 +0000 Jim McLean 54258 at http://kcur.org Preschool Trauma Program In Kansas City Getting National Attention http://kcur.org/post/preschool-trauma-program-kansas-city-getting-national-attention <p></p><p></p><p>Every parent knows that young children have meltdowns now and then - at home, at school, in the grocery store - but sometimes a tantrum can be more than a bad day. It can be the sign of traumatic stress.</p><p>A program started in Kansas City, Kan., offers teachers and parents an alternate way to deal with intense emotions and potentially avoid the long-term impact of trauma. The program has been spreading in recent months, even getting national attention.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:13:26 +0000 Alex Smith 54236 at http://kcur.org Preschool Trauma Program In Kansas City Getting National Attention NIH Director Talks About One And Done At KU — For Flu Shots http://kcur.org/post/nih-director-talks-about-one-and-done-ku-flu-shots <p>That annual flu vaccine could be a thing of the past by the end of the decade, the director of the National&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Institutes of Health said during a Monday visit to the University of Kansas Medical Center.</span></p><p>Dr. Francis Collins said that NIH-funded researchers are perhaps five years away from developing a universal flu vaccine, one that is effective against virtually all strains. Individuals might need a booster down the road.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:10:07 +0000 Mike Sherry 54237 at http://kcur.org NIH Director Talks About One And Done At KU — For Flu Shots KU Student Diagnosed With Tuberculosis http://kcur.org/post/ku-student-diagnosed-tuberculosis <p>Campus officials say a student on the KU Lawrence campus has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.</p><p>KU officials say the student is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery. Health officials are conducting a TB contact investigation.</p><p>Fewer than 50 people are believed to be at risk from exposure to the communicable lung disease. They will all be tested to see whether they've been infected. If so, they'll be treated with antibiotics.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:39:06 +0000 Bryan Thompson 54192 at http://kcur.org KU Hospital, Others Attacking Problems Of Child Deaths http://kcur.org/post/ku-hospital-others-attacking-problems-child-deaths <p>Chloe Robinson was about the size of a bag of frozen spinach at birth. Born 15 weeks early and weighing only 1 pound, she spent her first eight months in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Kansas Hospital.</p><p>That was five years ago, and, one day last week, Chloe ran around a hallway at the hospital like any kid her age.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:06:42 +0000 Mike Sherry 53996 at http://kcur.org KU Hospital, Others Attacking Problems Of Child Deaths Kansas City Council Committee Urges E-Cigarette Ban On Buses http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-committee-urges-e-cigarette-ban-buses <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A city council committee is recommending that e-cigarettes and similar nicotine delivery devices be banned from Kansas City buses and streetcars.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="background: #e6e6e6">The city already bans tobacco smoking of any kind on public transit vehicles and other public facilities, but some smokers have been using e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes to circumvent those bans. </span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:47:04 +0000 Steve Bell 53954 at http://kcur.org New Poll Shows Medicaid Expansion Could Be Factor In Kansas Gov's Race http://kcur.org/post/new-poll-shows-medicaid-expansion-could-be-factor-kansas-govs-race <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/Kansas-Medicaid-Polling-Results_%281%29.pdf?__utma=91726592.806404577.1375215456.1396970221.1397038949.793&amp;__utmb=91726592.112.6.1397039820754&amp;__utmc=91726592&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=91726592.1396961265.788.31.utmcsr=Facebook|utmccn=FBKCUR2976|utmcmd=Social&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=128357060">Poll results released Tuesday</a> indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue coul Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:33:28 +0000 Jim McLean 53904 at http://kcur.org Kansas County Officials Offer Advice On Improving Community Health http://kcur.org/post/kansas-county-officials-offer-advice-improving-community-health <p>Bugging people about exercise is not necessarily the best way to encourage healthy behaviors among local residents, according to panelists who discussed health rankings for Kansas counties.</p><p>More subtle approaches have worked in Allen, Sedgwick and Wyandotte counties, representatives from those communities said Monday at a forum held at Sporting Park in&nbsp; Kansas City, Kan., the home of that city’s Major League Soccer team.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:02:45 +0000 Mike Sherry 53853 at http://kcur.org Kansas County Officials Offer Advice On Improving Community Health After ACA Deadline, Still No Break For Kansas City Health Navigators http://kcur.org/post/after-aca-deadline-still-no-break-kansas-city-health-navigators <p>The deadline for open enrollment in Affordable Care Act insurance has passed, but enrollment helpers in the Kansas City area won’t get a vacation just yet.</p><p>During Monday’s website problems, insurance navigators and counselors were asking enrollees to come back – either later in the week or next week – after the enrollment deadline.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:58:07 +0000 Alex Smith 53578 at http://kcur.org ACA Final Enrollment Glitches Don't Faze Kansas City Navigators http://kcur.org/post/aca-final-enrollment-glitches-dont-faze-kansas-city-navigators <p>The healthcare.gov website was stalled for several hours in the final day of open enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance.</p><p>But with the deadline extended for many, those involved in enrollment in Kansas City, Kan., shrugged off the glitches.</p><p>Enroll Wyandotte at the Wyandotte County Health Department signed up 30 to 40 people for insurance in the past week, compared to a slow trickle in the first few months of the year.</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services says that the nationwide crush of visitors and a software bug caused website problems Monday.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:59:09 +0000 Alex Smith 53477 at http://kcur.org ACA Final Enrollment Glitches Don't Faze Kansas City Navigators Wyandotte County At Bottom, Johnson At Top In New Health Rankings http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-county-bottom-johnson-top-new-health-rankings <p>The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list.</p><p>The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.</p><p>Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:57:48 +0000 Bryan Thompson 53272 at http://kcur.org KC Checkup: Five Questions For Sandy Praeger http://kcur.org/post/kc-checkup-five-questions-sandy-praeger <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act has put Sandy </span>Praeger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at odds with most of her fellow Republicans in Topeka, Kan.</span></p><p>The Kansas Commissioner of Insurance shared the frustration many had over the health exchange website problems, and she’s voiced concern over how shifting rules and delays impact the insurance industry.</p><p>But Praeger has remained a supporter of federal health reform, a proponent of Medicaid expansion, and a critic of Gov. Sam Brownback’s approach to health policy.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Smith 53170 at http://kcur.org KC Checkup: Five Questions For Sandy Praeger Kansas City Groups Pursuing Mental Health Crisis Center http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-groups-pursuing-mental-health-crisis-center <p>Kansas City, Mo., would be home to a regional facility aimed largely at diverting substance abusers from jail and hospital emergency rooms under a plan that has garnered support from law enforcement officials, political leaders and health care providers.</p><p>The vision actually represents dual efforts that began independently, but which might coalesce as a collaboration between area hospitals and a coalition formed by Joseph Locascio, the presiding judge of Kansas City Municipal Court. He also oversees the city’s specialty court aimed at substance abusers.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:01:45 +0000 Mike Sherry 53196 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Groups Pursuing Mental Health Crisis Center Opponents Speak Against Kansas Bill To Restrict Healthcare Navigators http://kcur.org/post/opponents-speak-against-kansas-bill-restrict-healthcare-navigators <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Opponents of a bill creating new restrictions for Obamacare navigators showed up in force today for a hearing on the bill in a House committee.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:50:57 +0000 Jim McLean & Dave Ranney 52929 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayor Pushes Plan For 'Healthy Campus' Downtown http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayor-pushes-plan-healthy-campus-downtown <p>The southern vista from Big Eleven Lake — situated along one of the busiest streets in Kansas City, Kan. — features the crescent roof of a self-service car wash and the clutter of an auto body shop wedged onto a tiny corner lot.</p><p>On Tuesday, the litter along the lake’s muddy bank included an empty bottle of peach vodka and a crumpled pack of Pall Malls.</p><p>Down the hill was fisherman Alvin Suttington, a KCK native who said the park is a relaxing, convenient amenity for urban families. But, he said, “It would be better if (municipal officials) kept it up better.”</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:25:28 +0000 Mike Sherry 52907 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayor Pushes Plan For 'Healthy Campus' Downtown More Than 200 Rally For Medicaid At Kansas Statehouse http://kcur.org/post/more-200-rally-medicaid-kansas-statehouse <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Medicaid expansion is nowhere to be found on Gov. Sam Brownback’s list of priorities and those of Republican legislative leaders as they work through a legislative session now dominated by school finance issues.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:36:10 +0000 Jim McLean 52873 at http://kcur.org More Than 200 Rally For Medicaid At Kansas Statehouse Bill Before Kansas Senate Aims To Eliminate KanCare Payment Delays http://kcur.org/post/bill-kansas-senate-aims-eliminate-kancare-payment-delays <p>Payment delays to health providers have been one of the most contentious parts of KanCare. But a bill before the Kansas Senate this week aims to eliminate the problem.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p><p>The bill requires the three for-profit companies that run Kansas’s Medicaid program to pay on time. Official state numbers show payments have been timely, at least in the past several months, but many doctors and hospitals have reported some significant problems.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:44:32 +0000 Alex Smith 52816 at http://kcur.org Missouri Politicians Hopeful of Medicaid Expansion Compromise http://kcur.org/post/missouri-politicians-hopeful-medicaid-expansion-compromise <p>Missouri policy makers might be inching toward middle ground that would expand Medicaid eligibility while reforming the safety-net program to encourage recipients to work, two key participants in the talks said Monday.</p><p>The comments came from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Rep. Noel Torpey, an Independence Republican.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:15:05 +0000 Mike Sherry 52814 at http://kcur.org UMKC Awarded $7 Million To Establish HIV Prevention Resource Center http://kcur.org/post/umkc-awarded-7-million-establish-hiv-prevention-resource-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The University of Missouri-Kansas City&nbsp;<a href="http://info.umkc.edu/nursingnews/2014/03/17/sonhs-awarded-7-million-grant-by-cdc-for-national-hiv-prevention-resource-center/">announced a $7 million grant Monday</a> to establish its School of Nursing and Health Studies as a national HIV-prevention resource center.</p><p>The award comes from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is the largest in the school's history.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:01:03 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52767 at http://kcur.org UMKC Awarded $7 Million To Establish HIV Prevention Resource Center Parents, Teens And A Different Gender War http://kcur.org/post/parents-teens-and-different-gender-war <p>The idea of a gender war is nothing new, but what has changed is who’s winning: It's the girls.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about the switch and why it’s happening. We’ll look at how lower graduation rates and grades from boys are affecting this trend.</p><p>We’ll get a teen perspective on what we can change to help boys regain equal footing.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:50:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52648 at http://kcur.org Parents, Teens And A Different Gender War Children's Mercy Expanding Summer Camp For Children With ADHD http://kcur.org/post/childrens-mercy-expanding-summer-camp-children-adhd <p><a href="https://www.childrensmercy.org/adhdstp/">Children's Mercy Hospital is expanding a camp designed for kids with ADHD</a> for the summer of 2014.</p><p>The camp was modeled on the work of&nbsp;Bill Pelham who opened the first one in 1980. What makes these camps different is a focus on behavioral modification with an intense connection between the camp, the campers and the parents.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:01:01 +0000 Maria Carter & Matthew Long-Middleton 52625 at http://kcur.org Senate Budget Committee Says 'No' To Funding For New KU Med Building http://kcur.org/post/senate-budget-committee-says-no-funding-new-ku-med-building <p>The chairman of the Kansas Senate’s budget writing committee Wednesday defended the panel’s recent decision to withhold state funding for a new classroom building at the University of Kansas Medical School.</p><p>Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, said he’s not convinced the university needs additional state funding to construct the building on its medical school campus in Kansas City, Kan.</p><p>Masterson said KU has the resources to complete the project if it’s the priority that university officials say that it is.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:53:56 +0000 Jim McLean 52572 at http://kcur.org Senate Budget Committee Says 'No' To Funding For New KU Med Building Kansas City Consumers, Advocates Rushing Toward Health Reform Deadline http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-consumers-advocates-rushing-toward-health-reform-deadline <p>As an uninsured agriculture worker, Salvador Lopez said he’d welcome health coverage so he could afford diabetes medication.</p><p>Health insurance would also help his wife, said the Excelsior Springs, Mo., resident. Not feeling well on Saturday, she actually had her blood pressure checked at the health fair the couple attended with their two daughters in Kansas City, Kan.</p><p>But organizers said the main point of the two-day fair was to enroll people for health insurance through the new marketplace established through the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:47:59 +0000 Mike Sherry 52552 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Consumers, Advocates Rushing Toward Health Reform Deadline New Mental Health Crisis Strategy To Launch In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/new-mental-health-crisis-strategy-launch-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every day, police in the Kansas City metro area are inundated with calls to handle mental illness emergencies.</span></p><p>"Usually more than one time a day,” says Don Ash, sheriff of&nbsp;Wyandotte County, Kan. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Calls could come in from a family member. Calls could come in from the general public. From a business owner.”</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:17:23 +0000 Alex Smith 52471 at http://kcur.org New Mental Health Crisis Strategy To Launch In Kansas City Health Exchange Enrollment Slowing In Kansas, Missouri http://kcur.org/post/health-exchange-enrollment-slowing-kansas-missouri <p>Federal health exchange in enrollment is slowing, according to data released Tuesday.</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services reports that 29,309 in Kansas and 74,469 in Missouri selected insurance plans by the end of February. That is up 31 percent in Kansas and 38 percent in Missouri from the previous report, a slow-down compared with an increase of about 60 percent in both states during January.</p><p>In a conference call, Julie Bataille of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services brushed aside concerns about slowing momentum.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:05:09 +0000 Alex Smith 52492 at http://kcur.org Examining The Reality Of Eating Disorders http://kcur.org/post/examining-reality-eating-disorders <p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52383 at http://kcur.org Examining The Reality Of Eating Disorders Kansas Will Allow Extension Of Non-ACA-Compliant Insurance http://kcur.org/post/kansas-will-allow-extension-non-aca-compliant-insurance <p>Kansas insurers will be allowed to renew for an additional year health insurance policies that do not comply with Affordable Care Act requirements.</p><p>The Kansas Insurance Department announced Thursday that it would accept the Obama administration’s offer for states to extend policies that do not comply with new federal health insurance requirements.</p><p>The offer came as part of new Affordable Care Act regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:45:23 +0000 Alex Smith 52254 at http://kcur.org KU Announces Plans For Multiple Sclerosis Center http://kcur.org/post/ku-announces-plans-multiple-sclerosis-center <p>The University of Kansas Medical Center will create a new center to help those with multiple sclerosis improve their physical and emotional health as well as lifestyle.</p><p>KU announced Wednesday morning that an $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation would help fund the project.</p><p>A former day care facility at 3503 Rainbow Blvd. will be renovated to house the new Comprehensive Center for Multiple Sclerosis Care.</p><p>The new center will serve between 100 and 125 participants weekly.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:18:36 +0000 Alex Smith 52179 at http://kcur.org Difficult Choices: Considering Long-term Care http://kcur.org/post/difficult-choices-considering-long-term-care <p></p><p>As the parents of baby boomers move into their twilight years, an elephant enters the room: when should we start to talk about long-term care?&nbsp;</p><p>With 12 million Americans already in need of attention and a further 15 million just around the corner, that question of how to best look after ourselves and loved ones is becoming more important by the day.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:56:32 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 52064 at http://kcur.org Difficult Choices: Considering Long-term Care