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5:09 am
Wed August 27, 2008

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Unveils Health Plan

Kenny Hulshof, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor, recently unveiled his plan for health care. He says it would make insurance available to all Missourians.

Kenny Hulshof is proposing a market-based program called HealthMAX. He says employers, individuals, and businesses would all have the option to enroll in it. He also says private insurance companies would compete to provide insurance options to HealthMAX participants.

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Health
10:32 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Study Explores Health Care Among Latinos

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Health
3:54 am
Thu August 14, 2008

Nursing Workforce Center Opens In Kansas City

The nation's first bi-state nursing workforce center is opening up in Kansas City. The more than half a million dollar project is mainly being funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and the Reach Healthcare Foundation.

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Health
1:24 am
Wed August 13, 2008

Medicaid Forums Come To KC

Missouri's Medicaid Director is in Kansas City this week, gathering public input on the state's medical assistance program. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

Dr. Ian McCaslin is in charge of the state's Medicaid program, otherwise known as Missouri Health Net. He visited Truman High School in Independence yesterday to discuss a new health care home initiative. But he also asked those attending about their general concerns with the state program.

McCaslin: Somebody chime in, what's the most common problem out here?

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Health
12:31 am
Mon August 11, 2008

Health Care Advocates Celebrate Medicare's Birthday

The nation's health care program for seniors and the disabled turned 43 years old this summer. Some local doctors and public officials say that calls for a celebration. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law inside the Truman Library in 1965. Local health care advocates and public officials are gathering there today to celebrate the anniversary. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is speaking at the event and says now's a good time to look back on Medicare, given the country's current health care situation.

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Health
4:39 am
Sun August 10, 2008

Bicycle Legend Speaks For First Time About Childhood Trauma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.

But Greg LeMond, the three-time Tour de France winner, says the numbers may be even higher, because it's not something most male victims ever talk about or report.

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Health
5:43 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Senator Dole Hosts Forum Featuring Regional Health Experts

Bob Dole says he's on a mission to improve the nation's health care system.

Dole: My view is it's the most important problem. One day you're going to have to deal with it. And it's like this 47 million uninsured, we really gotta figure out some way to help.

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Health
5:35 am
Sun August 3, 2008

Senator Dole To Host Health Care Forum

Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator, will be at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence today to hear what Kansans have to say about health-care reform. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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Health
5:24 am
Sun August 3, 2008

Senator Dole To Host Health Care Forum

Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator, will be at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence today to hear what Kansans have to say about health-care reform. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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Health
1:12 am
Sun August 3, 2008

Positive Drug Tests On The Rise In Kansas City

A company that does workplace drug tests just recently released data showing an increase in positive drug tests in the Kansas City area. Even while nationally, fewer people are testing positive for drugs in these workplace screenings. Jim Nunnelly runs Jackson County's COMBAT anti-drug programs. He told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that this new information from Quest Diagnostics demonstrates the importance of looking at substance abuse from a public health perspective.

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Health
4:35 am
Tue July 22, 2008

Nixon Announces Health Care Plan

Kansas City, MO – Jay Nixon, the main Democrat running for Missouri Governor, passed through Kansas City yesterday to outline his new health care plan. KCUR's Elana Gordon Reports.

Jay Nixon, Missouri's Attorney General, says his main health care priority is restoring cuts made three years ago to the state's Medicaid program.

Nixon: Missouri's health care system is broken. And when Governor Blunt and the Republican legislature slashed coverage for 400,000 Missourians in 2005, our health care problem became nothing short of a crisis.

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Health
9:02 am
Sun July 20, 2008

Missouri Now Taking Medicaid Applications Online

Kansas City, MO – For the first time, applications for Missouri's Medicaid program, otherwise known as Missouri Health Net, can be submitted online (http://www.dss.mo.gov/mhk/appl.htm). The project took the state about 5 months to complete and cost about half a million dollars. Missouri Department of Social Services Spokesman, Brian Hauswirth, says the electronic option will make the application process more efficient.

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Health
11:21 pm
Thu July 17, 2008

Medicare Pilot Program Delayed

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Health
9:42 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Drug Company Pays Mo. And Kan. Millions For Medicaid Fraud Claims

Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay Missouri over 11 million dollars and Kansas nearly 3 million dollars. The money is part of nationwide settlement over allegations that the company took part in illegal practices, like off label marketing and bribing pharmacies to sell its products. Missouri Attorney General spokesman Scott Holste says the company was also accused of charging Medicaid programs too much for its drugs.

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Health
8:52 am
Sun July 13, 2008

KC's Oldest Community Health Center To Break Ground on New Facility

Kansas City's oldest community health center is gearing up to expand its facility.

Leaders of the Samuel Rodgers Health Center are breaking ground on a new health facility today, which they say will allow them to see more than 7,000 additional patients a year. Executive Director, Hilda Fuentes, says the nearly 40 year old facility off of 9th street is too old and needs major repairs. She also says it's become too small, as more and more people who lack adequate health coverage are seeking health services there.

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Health
11:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2008

Childhood Immunizations: Kansas Panel Makes Recommendations

The child immunization rate in Kansas currently stands at about 80%. State and federal health officials say that's not high enough to prevent diseases like mumps and measles from spreading throughout the population. But a state task force recently found that only 65% of primary care physicians offer immunization services. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Spokesperson, Joe Blubaugh, says that makes it harder for families to access vaccinations for their children.

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Health
5:09 am
Sat July 5, 2008

Safety Advocates Step Up Efforts To Prevent Pool Drownings

For many, summertime means but one thing: Pool time.

Courtney Ford: We're making all kinds of plans to just have all kinds of water fun.

But summer's also the time when 90% of pool drownings occur. Many aquatic experts, lawmakers, and child safety advocates say most cases are actually preventable. And now they're stepping up efforts to put an end to incidents that could otherwise be avoided. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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Health
1:14 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Kansas Receives Less Funding from Centers for Disease Control

KANSAS CITY, MO – A new study released by the non-profit research group, Trust for America's Health, reports that Midwestern states receive less funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) than other states. Kansas is ranked at the very bottom of the list, receiving about $13.61 per capita in CDC funding, compared with the overall national average of about $17.00 per capita.

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Health
11:58 pm
Sun March 2, 2008

Reactions to Bodies Revealed at Union Station

Bodies Revealed opened at Union Station on February 29. The exhibit features human bodies that have undergone a special preservation process.
Photo by Elana Gordon.

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Health
5:28 am
Fri January 19, 2007

Advocates Speaking Up For Patients

Brenda Bush, left, a Saint Luke's Hospital patient advocate visits Dawn Brock who is on bed rest.
Kelley Weiss

Kansas City, MO – As healthcare insurance policies are continually changing, doctors are trying to squeeze in more patient visits and Baby Boomers are aging the role of the professional patient advocate is emerging. A patient advocate makes sure the sick get the care they need. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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2:44 am
Sat September 30, 2006

Hospital Bridging Gap Between Muslim Patients and Doctors

Kansas City, MO – Going to the doctor can be a struggle for anyone. But it can be much worse for a Muslim woman who's afraid of violating Islamic law. The problem is that many times patients aren't sure of what's allowed by the Quran and health care providers aren't aware that Muslim women have special needs. These uncertainties can cause women to refuse care, even in life threatening situations. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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4:38 am
Sun September 24, 2006

Med School Express

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2:31 am
Thu September 7, 2006

Searching for Autism Services

Kansas City, MO – Parents of children with autism face many challenges in taking care of their kids who are often socially isolated and have difficulties communicating. The Autism Aspergers Resource Center used to be available for the more than 30,000 families in Kansas City dealing with autism. But the center, that drew people from around the country, recently closed its doors. Now families and agencies are scrambling to continue to get and provide services in light of the center's closing. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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Health
10:00 am
Mon August 28, 2006

Medicaid Cuts: One Year Later

Cheri Clark, of Kansas City, was one of more than 100,000 Missourians who lost Medicaid coverage last year when Governor Matt Blunt passed cuts to the program.
Kelley Weiss

Kansas City, MO – Last year the state cut or reduced coverage for almost 100,000 Missourians from the Medicaid program, leaving many people without dental, eye care, medical equipment or employee disability health coverage. The changes are causing health care providers and patients in Kansas City to find ways to adapt to the changes. Supporters say they've reinstated some of the cuts and that the changes have helped balance the state budget. Now everyone is looking ahead to the future of Medicaid. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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12:50 am
Wed August 23, 2006

Bioethicist and Nun Celebrates 80th Birthday, Years of Teaching

Sister Rosemary Flanigan

Kansas City, MO – Sister Rosemary Flanigan, a bio-ethicist with the Center for Practical Bioethics, turns 80 today. In her more than 40 years of teaching philosophy and ethics at Catholic universities in Kansas City, working with St. Joseph Hospital and being on staff at the bioethics center Flanigan says she has led a blessed life. Flanigan shared insights into her long spanning career as a nun, philosopher and teacher with KCUR's Kelley Weiss.

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11:48 pm
Sun July 23, 2006

KC Health and Fitness Festival

Kansas City, MO – A number of stories on KC Currents have addressed health problems that disproportionately effect people of color: heart disease, AIDS, diabetes, depression and others. Tommy Amico looks at these statistics every say, as HIV/AIDS resource coordinator for US Department of Health and Human Services Region VII, which is headquartered here in Kansas City.

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5:09 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Domestic Violence Shelter Expanding

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Health
4:20 am
Tue May 30, 2006

Feedback on Controversy Surrounding Brain Dead Teenager

Kansas City, MO – Last week, we discussed the case of Michael Todd, a 14-year old African American boy declared brain dead from a gunshot wound. His family disputed the University of Kansas Hospital doctor's diagnosis and went to court to prevent the hospital from removing their son from life support.

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Health
2:01 am
Mon May 15, 2006

Summer could slow down the mumps

Kansas City, MO – Many of the mumps cases in Kansas are in Douglas County and the University of Kansas has reported more than 150 cases. Centers for Disease Control representatives have been in Lawrence studying the campus outbreak and are anticipating how the summer break will impact the spread of the virus. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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11:07 pm
Sun March 12, 2006

Black Clergy Confronting AIDS Epidemic

Kansas City, MO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year, 40,000 people become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Close to 30 per cent of those people don't even know that they have HIV. What is known is that in Kansas and Missouri combined, African Americans accounted for 39 to 43 per cent of newly diagnosed HIV cases last year.

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