Top Of The Morning News: June 25, 2013
Farmers are finding there’s more to Community Supported Agriculture than simply growing crops. Kansas looks at way to reduce childhood poverty. Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers are looking at a home-based nursing program for people with chronic conditions.
A task force looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas wrapped up a series of meetings Monday. The governor appointed group discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more Kansans working and strengthen families.
Within the local food movement, the community supported agriculture model is praised. CSAs, as they’re commonly known, are often considered one of the best ways to restore a connection to the foods we eat. Farmers, some of whom have limited business experience, must quickly learn how to market products, build customer loyalty, advertise, manage risk and diversify their revenue sources. CSAs, depending on their member involvement, often force farmers to turn a portion of their operation into a customer service business.
Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers Union today rolled out a pilot health care program that might ultimately affect workers at the Claycomo Assembly Plant. The program would help the chronically ill and was also expected to reduce health care costs.
A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts bolsters the argument that dental access challenges in Kansas require a new type of dental provider. It found nearly 55 percent of Kansas kids covered by Medicaid received no dental care in 2011. The report also reveals that more than 16 percent of the state’s population is underserved, and living in a dental shortage area.
Lawsuits filed by the Missouri Attorney General's office against three companies that provide phone services have been settled, and their customers in Missouri will receive nearly $300,000 in refunds. The companies were accused of engaging in a practice called "cramming."