Bryan Thompson

Rural Health & Agriculture Reporter, Kansas News Service

Bryan Thompson is a reporter for KCUR 89.3 and the Kansas News Service, specializing in rural health and agriculture. He is based in Salina.

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Two Kansas City hospitals have announced plans to work together to create a single, integrated pediatric program.

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The Kansas Insurance Department says a Blue Cross plan should set the standard for essential health benefits for all individual and small group health plans sold on the coming exchange in Kansas. 

Insurers are now required to provide consumers a summary, in plain English, of the coverage and costs in their health plans.

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Kansas health officials say the outbreak of nausea and diarrhea that closed a suburban Kansas City elementary school last week was caused by norovirus.

A suburban Kansas City elementary school will remain closed until Monday due to an as-yet-undetermined gastro-intestinal illness.

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Less than five months from now, the Kansas Medicaid program is scheduled to convert to a privatized system.

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State officials are warning Kansas senior citizens not to fall for a telephone scam aimed at Medicare beneficiaries. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act—the massive health care overhaul signed into law by President Obama two years ago.

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A crowd of more than 200 people packed a hearing room in Wichita Monday to sound-off about Governor Sam Brownback's plan to privatize the state's Medicaid system.

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A committee of the National Research Council says an updated risk assessment of a proposed high-security biodefense lab in Manhattan, Kan., appears to understate the chances of deadly pathogens being accidentally released. 

Shortly after hundreds of Kansans converged on the Statehouse to oppose one aspect of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Medicaid reform plan, the governor has acceded to their demands—at least partially.

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Analysts have known for years that Kansas has a severe shortage of dentists -- and that shortage is getting worse.  

The nation's midsection is a hot spot for influenza right now, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there’s still time to be protected by a flu shot.

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Kansas has received bids from five private managed care organizations seeking a share of the Kansas Medicaid program.

The White House budget for 2013 provides no construction funding for a planned livestock disease lab in Kansas and calls for a “comprehensive assessment of the project in 2012” to consider “the cost, safety, and any alternatives to the current plan.”

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Supporters of a high security bio-defense facility in Manhattan, Kan., got some depressing news today. The White House Budget for 2013 cuts funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) from $50 million to $10 million.

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Kansas political leaders and top officials at Kansas State University are united in support of a plan to bring the nation's premier agricultural disease laboratory to the K-State campus in Manhattan.

A committee of the National Research Council visited Kansas State University Friday to get a feel for safety concerns for a giant biosafety lab planned for the Manhattan, Kan., campus.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rejected a request from Kansas to gradually phase in one of the new requirements of the federal health care law.  The decision means consumers who buy individual health insurance policies can expect to see lower premiums, expanded benefits, or even cash rebates.

Salina, KS – The Affordable Care Act the new law that overhauls the way health insurance is provided in the U.S. has surfaced as an issue in the Kansas gubernatorial race.

Republican nominee Sam Brownback has assailed the plan as outrageously expensive, and burdensome to average Kansans. But a prominent health care economist says the reasoning and documentation Brownback uses to attack the Act doesn't come close to adding up.

Salina, KS – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is calling on states to do what they can to make sure that insurance is available for children with pre-existing health conditions.

Salina, KS – The Kansas Bioscience Authority has pledged more than $9 million over the next five years to bring five prominent cancer researchers to the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Topkea, KS – The Kansas Health Policy Authority has been rewarded by federal health officials for its efforts to boost enrollment in Healthwave, the state's children's health insurance program.

The agency plans to use the $1.2 million federal bonus payment to hire more staff to process applications, according to spokesman Peter Hancock.

Topeka, KS – The Kansas Health Policy Authority has been rewarded by federal health officials for its efforts to boost enrollment in Healthwave the state's children's health insurance program.

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Salina, KS – Fireworks make the 4th of July a favorite holiday for many people. But as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, it's not so popular with pets.

Pets have sensitive hearing. And they don't understand what all the noise is about. Their instinct is to run. If that requires them to jump a fence, dig under it, or push a gate open, that's what they very well may try to do.

Kansas City, MO – A statewide ban on smoking in public places goes into effect today, with a few, limited exceptions. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.

 

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City hospital is now a collection point for donations of human milk. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.

 

Salinas, KS – A Wichita-area doctor and his wife have been convicted of illegally distributing prescription pain killers to patients who overdosed on them. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

 

Salina, KS – Atrazine is one of the most widely used weed-killers in the country. But farm fields aren't the only place the chemical is commonly found. It's also the most widely-detected pesticide in drinking water, especially in the Midwest. With some environmental groups calling for a ban on Atrazine, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently re-evaluating its safety. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thomspon reports.

 

Topkea, Kan. – The number of Kansans without health insurance is expected to drop by 190,000 when the new health care law is fully implemented, starting in 2014. A study released this week shows who will pick up the tab for that expanded coverage. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains.

 

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