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KCUR News
5:40 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Abortion Regulations Focus of Intense Disagreement

TOPEKA, Ks. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment took comments from the public yesterday on the new regulations it has drafted for abortion providers in Kansas. There are two sides to the issue, and as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, they're miles apart.

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12:30 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

No Longer Last: Missouri Jumps 11 Spots in Toddler Immunization Rankings

ST. LOUIS, Mo. –

Missouri's effort to get toddlers vaccinated for childhood diseases is improving. Results of the CDC's National Immunization Survey show Missouri rose from last in the rankings in 2009 up to 39th last year. St. Louis Public Radio's Veronique LaCapra reports.

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KCUR News
12:26 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Kansas Wraps Up Comment Period for Permanent Abortion Rules

KANSAS CITY, Ks. – This Wednesday marks the deadline for submitting public comments on proposed abortion regulations in Kansas.

Miranda Myrick, a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health, says state law now mandates that facilities performing more than five nonemergency abortions a month operate with a license granted by her department.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Moral Behavior

Today on the show, let's take a look at morality. How did you determine your ideas of what’s right, and what’s wrong? How come you can know that something's wrong and still do it? Does it matter if someone’s watching? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us to explain how moral judgments and behaviors work.

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KCUR News
10:08 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Missouri Terminates Medicaid Screening Contract

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An Indiana-based company has lost its contract to screen Medicaid patients in Missouri for home-based care.

Numerous complaints came to light last Wednesday during a House committee meeting about the services provided by SynCare LLC. They include patients being put on hold for several hours on the phone, and case evaluations that should have taken less than three weeks to complete taking three months instead.

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KCUR News
3:10 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Preventing Pool-Associated Stomach Bug

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Area health departments are reminding people about ways to avoid cryptosporidium, a contagious intestinal parasite, this Labor Day weekend. Crypto is spread by contact with the stool of an infected person and can live for days in treated pool water.

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KCUR News
3:54 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Lifting the Veil on Insurance Rates in Missouri

HHS Region 7 Director Judy Baker holds new insurance rate forms that companies in Missouri will now have to submit.
Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Health insurance companies in Missouri are about to come under a lot more scrutiny for unexplained rate increases. Missouri is one of only two states in the country where rates aren't examined or reported. KCUR's Elana Gordon has the details on a new federal rule aimed at changing that.

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Pat Tomek worries about the rising costs of health insurance. The self-employed 58-year-old says he doesn't have a lot of money to spare.

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Health
11:27 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Kansas Signs Deal to Develop New Medicaid Eligibility System

TOPEKA, Ks. – The state of Kansas is working on a new way to determine who is eligible for Medicaid and other assistance programs.

A company will develop a new eligibility system for medical, food and cash assistance programs. Applications will be submitted electronically, and the system will double-check the information.

Andy Allison, with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says the new process will be faster and more efficient.

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KC Pools
2:00 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Contagious Parasite Shuts Down Johnson County Pools

SHAWNEE, Ks. – Environmental officials in Johnson County are strongly recommending that all area swimming pools close for the summer because of an outbreak of Cryptosporidium, a contagious intestinal parasite.

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KCUR News
5:55 pm
Sun August 28, 2011

New Center Takes On Latino Health Disparities

New center director Paula Cupertino (l) and KU Med Dean Barbara Atkinson (r) celebrate the launch of KU's new center for Latino health.
Photo by Elana Gordon

KANSAS CITY, Ks. – The University of Kansas has launched a new center, aimed at addressing the specific health needs of the state's fastest growing population. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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Five years ago, KU Med Center had no programs focused on Latino health.

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KCUR News
5:55 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Fewer Missourians Lighting Up

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A recent survey finds fewer adults in Missouri are lighting up. KCUR's Elana Gordon has the details.

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KCUR News
11:34 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Reshaping Medicaid in Kansas: Hundreds Gather For Final Forum

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – The last in a series of public forums on how to reform Medicaid in Kansas drew more than 300 people to the Overland Park Convention Center yesterday. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, Kansas Governor Brownback has said he wants to find ways to improve care for Medicaid clients while saving money over the long term.

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KCUR News
11:31 am
Wed August 17, 2011

A New Healthcare Market in Missouri?

An interim Senate committee held its first health exchange hearing at Cerner on Tuesday.
Photo by Elana Gordon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Senate committee tasked with drafting recommendations for a state health exchange held the first of at least three statewide hearings in Kansas City yesterday. Exchanges are new organizations under the federal health law, intended to provide a more organized and competitive marketplace for buying health insurance. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, yesterday's hearing wrestled with the very notion of developing one in Missouri.

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KCUR News
9:52 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Senate Committee Kicks Off Health Exchange Hearings in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Senate committee is kicking off a series of statewide hearings in Kansas City today on whether and how to set up a state health insurance exchange.

The meeting, located at Cerner this afternoon, comes just days after Missouri received a $21 million federal grant to start setting up the online infrastructure for an exchange, and just days after a federal appeals court struck down part of the federal health law.

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KCUR News
6:17 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Region Loses Pioneer in Community Mental Health

William H. Kyles
Photo from Boys Town National Alumni Association

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City lost a leader in mental health last week, with the unexpected passing of William H. Kyles. For decades, Kyles worked to improve care for the most vulnerable in this region and beyond. KCUR's Elana Gordon brings us this profile.

Hear William Kyles on KCUR's Up to Date last February here.

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KCUR News
5:43 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Missouri Gets $21 Million for Online Health Exchange

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri has received a nearly $21 million federal grant to build an online health insurance exchange.

Travis Ford, with the Missouri Department of Insurance, says if set up correctly, an exchange would enable Missourians to view multiple insurance plans online, to more easily compare policies and prices.

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Central Standard
9:00 am
Thu August 11, 2011

How Joe Holt Copes

Joe Holt
New York Times

In a recent New York Times, you might have spotted a profile of Joe Holt from Lee's Summit. The article was part of a series looking at people who function normally despite severe mental illness. Today on Central Standard, we'll hear his story, and invite you to join the conversations about how you came to peace with your own inner struggles.

KCUR News
1:39 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Kansas Rejects $31.5 Million Healthcare Grant

SALINA, Ks. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he's sending a more than $31 million federal grant back to Washington.

In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Kansas, along with a handful of other states, an "Early Innovator" grant to pay for the information technology needed to set up a health insurance exchange.

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KCUR News
11:28 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Missouri Again Cuts Premiums For Pre-existing Condition Program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A state health insurance option for people with pre-existing health conditions has once again gotten cheaper. As KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, Missouri's high risk insurance pool is reducing premiums in an effort to boost enrollment.

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In what state insurance officials are calling a significant reduction, Missouri's high risk insurance pool is cutting premiums by nearly 25 percent.

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KCUR News
10:10 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Law Aims to Prevent SIDS in Child-Care

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Licensed child care facilities in Missouri must now place infants on their backs during nap time. The new law, effective this month, aims to reduce the number of infant deaths in the state. And as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the change has been a long-time coming.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Greed

Ruben Swieringa Flickr

Why do some people have an excessive desire to possess more than they need? Our guest Dr. Bruce Liese says that greed is its own punishment.

“As we get more,” Dr. Liese says, “it is less rewarding. It’s an interesting phenomena—greed is counterintuitive if you believe in the law of diminishing returns.”

From the beginnings of greed in childhood to Facebook friend greed, we delve into what makes us want—and when it goes wrong. Join us for a conversation about the origins and social implications of the "never enough" syndrome.

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KCUR News
2:33 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Reshaping Medicaid: KC Area Forum Announced

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – A final forum has been scheduled for the Kansas City region over Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's plan to remake the state Medicaid program.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer is leading the process.

"We're looking at ways we can provide better quality of care. As a doctor, that's most important to me," says Colyer. "Second, we're going to have to deal with our budget deficit, and we're all going to have to make really hard decisions."

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KCUR News
11:26 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Minority Groups in Need of Organ Donors

After a three-year wait, Maxine McMullen received a kidney transplant in 2004.
Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – About 3,000 people in Kansas and Missouri are waiting for a needed organ transplant. And according to the Midwest Transplant Network, minorities make up about a quarter of those on the list.

That had the transplant network recently focusing their efforts on encouraging minority communities to join the statewide organ and tissue donor registries.

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KCUR News
11:08 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Kansas Hospitals See Hundreds Of Heat Illnesses

SALINA, Ks. – This summer's merciless heat wave is putting a strain on hospital emergency rooms all over Kansas. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

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KCUR News
10:45 am
Tue August 2, 2011

SRS Won't Ask Judges to Slow Committals to State Hospitals

TOPEKA, Ks. – The head of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is refuting comments made by a top staffer at the agency. A news report last week quoted a deputy secretary saying he would ask judges to slow the number of people they commit to state mental hospitals. But as Kansas Public Radio's Stephen Koranda reports, the head of SRS says they are not looking at that as an option.

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KCUR News
10:24 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Dental Association Seeks To Boost Medicaid Participation

SALINA, Ks. – The Kansas Dental Association is urging dentists who are not currently accepting Medicaid as payment to sign up for the government-funded insurance program. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, the goal is to help give poor children access to dental care.

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KCUR News
10:12 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Court Orders State to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A federal judge today issued a temporary block on a new Kansas law that denies federal funds to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is suing the state over its decision to redirect the funds to area health departments and clinics instead.

Today's ruling means that Planned Parenthood's clinics in Wichita and Hays will continue to get federal dollars to provide discount family planning services while the case is in court.

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KCUR News
12:20 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

SRS Wants Fewer People Sent to State Mental Health Hospitals

LAWRENCE, Ks. – A top official at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services says he will urge district court judges to reduce the number of people sent to state mental hospitals. The state hospitals are frequently over capacity, and some mental health advocates say there would be few other options for people needing mental health services.

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KCUR News
1:51 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Rural Missouri Faces Mounting Health Challenges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new report finds that rural Missouri is on track to face greater health care challenges compared to its urban counterpart.

Herb Kuhn heads the Missouri Hospital Association, which issued the report. He says rural areas are experiencing greater doctor shortages. And, it's on track to get worse.

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KCUR News
1:23 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Park on Plaza Gets Fitness Makeover

11-year-old Alberto Rosales likes using the elliptical equipment to train for sports.
Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mill Creek Park, located right on the Plaza, has something you won't find at any other outdoor park in Kansas City: an elliptical and a leg press.

The city recently installed ten new pieces of outdoor exercise equipment throughout the park. All of it's manual.

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