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