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10:05 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Sale of Local Medicaid HMO Final

Children’s Mercy Hospital is officially out of the Medicaid HMO business.  The hospital has finalized the sale of its non-profit plan after more than a decade of operation.

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Health
6:11 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Bill Aims to Limit Executive Authority in State Health Exchange

A State Senate committee heard testimony today on legislation designed to block Governor Jay Nixon from creating a health insurance exchange. 

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Up to Date
1:36 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Nutrition Facts: What Do Those Labels Mean?

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

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KC Currents
11:44 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Psychologist Treats Victims Of Priest Sex Abuse

Recent events in Kansas City have raised a new public furor about abuse by Catholic priests, but no one really knows how long the problem has been going on. According to the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, nearly 16,000 abuse victims have spoken out nationwide since 1950.

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Health Reform
12:24 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

HHS Denies Kansas' Waiver Request For New Insurance Rule

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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.

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Health
10:17 am
Tue January 3, 2012

KC's Oldest Community Health Center Has A New Home

Hilda Fuentes, Executive Director of Samuel Rodgers Health Center, in her office at the old facility.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Kansas City’s oldest community health center has a new home.  Samuel Rodgers Health Center will start seeing patients at its new facility this week.

The main clinic on Ninth Street and Euclid Ave. treats thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients annually. The building has been open for forty years, but Hilda Fuentes, the Executive Director, says it’s time to move.

“We had tiles on the floor that were falling off, and we did not know when our heating and ac system was going to fall into total disrepair,” says Fuentes.

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Harvest Public Media
9:24 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Calorie Counts: Coming Soon To A Restaurant Near You

Grant Gerlock NET News

The most popular menu choice at Amigos restaurant in Lincoln, Neb., is the soft taco. The combo meal with a soft taco, a 20-ounce Pepsi and mexi-fries, which are like tater tots, adds up to 1,100 calories.

While you can find that calorie count on the Amigos web site, it’s not on the menu — yet.

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Health Insurance Exchange
9:03 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Health Exchange Efforts Stall in Missouri

As of last spring, Missouri was considered on track – ahead, even - in developing a state health insurance exchange. It’s intended to be a centralized online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase health plans.  Under the federal health law, exchanges are supposed to be up and running in each state by 2014.  But politics appear to have put the brakes on efforts to set up one up in Missouri.

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Central Standard
9:41 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Share Your New Year's Resolutions

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Are you planning to set a New Year's resolution? For real this time? Let us help you in this episode of Central Standard.

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Up to Date
9:15 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Parents, Teens & Tension

Is this what your family feels like after a few days of winter break?
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So your kid went off to college, experienced freedom, set his own schedule, abided by his own rules, and now he’s home for winter break…for a few weeks.

Yeah, there’s gonna be some tension.  We've seen it play out in movies and TV shows that poke fun at family dysfunction around the holidays.

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Health
10:35 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Disability Groups Don’t Care for KanCare

Family members and caregivers of Kansans with developmental disabilities are not happy with the Brownback Administration’s plan to include them in the new managed care approach to Medicaid services called KanCare.

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Central Standard
10:14 am
Mon December 19, 2011

The Psychology of Giving

Today on Central Standard, we ask - what's the greatest gift you've ever received? What do you like about giving gifts in the first place? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us for a look at the psychology behind giving.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Holiday Stress And Your Pets

Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful, between decorating the house, putting up the tree, throwing a party and out-of-town guests. It’s enough to push even the most well-behaved pet over the edge.  Hey, the holidays are not all about you, you know!

If your animal companion starts exhibiting unusual behavior this time of year, don’t despair. Tuesday on Up to DateDr. Wayne Hunthausen is back to discuss how to limit the negative effects of the holiday season on your pets.

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Homelessness
8:24 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time

Until 1 a.m. every day, Kar Woo, a slender man with dark shoulder length hair that’s greying around his ears, drives around this brightly painted mini-van, with the Gandhi quote, “Be the Change,” printed in big red letters on the side.  He drives it between hospitals, domestic violence shelters, schools, bridges, treatment centers, and even jails, helping people who are homeless. 

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Mental Health
1:13 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Recent Suicides Raise Awareness

 

Countless Americans have relatives, friends, or colleagues who have committed suicide. When Fox 4 Kansas City meteorologist Don Harman took his own life last week, many people realized that suicide can affect those whom we least suspect.

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Medicare
10:19 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Medicare Enrollment Period Nears End; Schemes Reported

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Area health agencies are reminding eligible seniors and those with disabilities that now's the time to sign up or review their Medicare coverage. That's because Medicare's open enrollment period ends a lot earlier this year.

People typically have until the end of this month to enroll in or make changes to their Medicare plans. But this year's deadline is in two days.

"Midnight, December 7th," says Carol Behan, director of CLAIM, Missouri's free Medicare counseling program.

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Cognitive Therapy
12:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Parenting

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Can you ever love your child too much? Today on the show, join Dr. Bruce Liese for a look at what happens when parents are too attuned to their children, and how our culture’s obsession with happiness can lead our children towards an unhappy adulthood.

GUEST:
Dr. Bruce Liese, University of Kansas School of Medicine 

Health
11:29 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Medicare Enrollment Period Nears End; Schemes Reported

People typically have until the end of this month to enroll in or make changes to their Medicare plans. But this year's deadline is in two days.

"Midnight, December 7th," says Carol Behan, director of CLAIM, Missouri's free Medicare counseling program.

Behan says people often don't take advantage of this enrollment period for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. People may not have to change anything, she says, but they might save money if they compare their premiums and deductibles of the different plans.

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Up to Date
5:10 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

The History of Drunk(en) Driving

 

The holiday season will see an uptick in many a social calendar.  With that come more opportunities for people to imbibe and then get in their cars.  The worst results of drunk driving are well known and the legal penalties when caught inebriated behind the wheel are severe yet people persist in doing it.  Why?

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Health
3:26 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Alzheimer's Awareness

Just before the end of Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, we sit down with experts in the field. We'll talk warning signs, stages, treatments, and new research happening in the Midwest. Plus, another story from The Creativity Connection.

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Health
4:31 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Part 2: Malpractice Investigation Has Unintended Consequence

Clair Chase sits at a coffee shop in Lenexa, near the apartment where her mom used to live.
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Health
5:26 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Part 1: Malpractice Investigation Has Unintended Consequence

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Health
10:03 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Brownback Unveils Medicaid Overhaul Plan

TOPEKA, Ks. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's administration is proposing significant changes to the Medicaid program in Kansas to curb the state's health care costs.

Under the plan, the state will hire private contractors, which will manage care for Medicaid recipients.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer led the development of the new plan. He says the contractors will have coordinators who manage heath care for patients.

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Abortion
5:10 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Kansas Abortion Providers To Challenge New Licensing Rules

KANSAS CITY, Ks. – The same day that Kansas published its permanent abortion licensing rules, two providers announced plans to challenge them in court.

Bonnie Scott Jones, with the Center for Reproductive Rights, says her New York-based group will soon file a new lawsuit on behalf of the Center for Women's Health, an Overland Park Practice which provides abortion services.

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Listeria Outbreak
11:49 am
Fri October 28, 2011

First Cantaloupe, Now Sandwiches Pose Listeria Threat

SALINA, Ks. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture says sandwiches from the St. Louis-based company, Landshire, are possibly tainted with deadly Listeria.

The company's "Nike All-American Sandwiches" and "Nike Super Poor Boy Sandwiches" have been widely distributed in Kansas, but as Bryan Thompson reports, no illnesses have been reported so far.

The sandwiches with production lot codes from 11 237 6 through 11 285 6 are on recall.

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Abortion
12:15 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Kansas Publishes Final Abortion Rules

KANSAS CITY, Ks. – Kansas is making its finalized licensing rules for abortion providers public. The state approved them earlier this month. They take effect November 14.

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Health
12:18 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Region's Pediatric Hospital Gets Out of HMO Business

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Children's Mercy Hospital has announced it's selling its Medicaid HMO plan - Family Partner's Health - to Coventry.

Children's Mercy set up the nonprofit plan about 15 years ago, when Missouri started taking a managed care approach. The hospital said creating its own plan allowed them to oversee all aspects of pediatric patients' care, beyond the hospital's doors.

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Health
12:03 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Missouri Takes New Approach to Chronic Disease and Mental Health Care

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri will soon be the first in the nation to try out a new approach for caring for people with both mental and physical health disorders.

"Health homes" will be popping up across the state next year, but they're probably not what you think: no one's going to live in them.

"It is instead a place where their health care services are coordinated," says Tom Cranshaw, head of Tri-County Mental Health Services, a community mental health center in the Northland.

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Health
10:29 am
Mon October 24, 2011

End-of-Life Decisons: Family Consent Law Proposed

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Health
5:04 pm
Sun October 16, 2011

Federal Court to Hear Kinder's Health Law Challenge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than a year after he first voiced opposition to health reform, Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will finally have his day in court.

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