Health

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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KCUR News
10:44 am
Wed July 27, 2011

KC Leads Nation in Fast Food Consumption

SALINA, Ks. – A website devoted to personal finance and business says few Americans eat more fast food than people who live in Wichita and Kansas City. Bryan Thompson has more on how the numbers were "crunched."

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Bundle.com reviewed fast food sales in America's 100 largest cities. They included spending at eight of the nation's largest fast food chains.

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KCUR News
11:28 pm
Sun July 24, 2011

Tiny School to Create Tiny Town Docs

KU Dean of Medical Education Heidi Chumley. Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR.

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KCUR News
11:30 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Kansas Experiences Sharp Decline in Psych Services for Children

SALINA, Ks. – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, or SRS, has been cutting budgets and closing offices throughout the state this summer. And as Bryan Thompson reports, some cost-cutting moves by the agency are having a big effect on children with severe-mental health problems, and the people who take care of them.

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Health
10:00 am
Fri July 22, 2011

St. Louis Based Express Scripts Announces Merger

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis-based Express Scripts is buying one of its rivals in the prescription benefit management world.

If approved by shareholders and regulators, the merger with New Jersey-based Medco Health Solutions would create the largest such company in the United States.

Express Scripts' chief spokesman, Larry Zarin, says size would gives the new firm an edge on reducing health care costs, which he called a priority of the nation and the company.

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KCUR News
12:36 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Several Kansas Abortion Laws Now in Effect

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – As the battle over new state abortion regulations moves to federal court, other recently approved laws pertaining to abortion are now kicking in. And as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the laws affect how remaining abortion services are accessed in Kansas.

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Starting July 1, private health insurance companies can no longer offer elective abortion coverage in Kansas. Women can still get the coverage, but will have to purchase separate insurance riders.

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KCUR News
12:39 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Judge Blocks New Abortion Licensing Regs in Kansas.

The federal courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Ks.
Photo by Elana Gordon

KANSAS CITY, Ks. – A federal judge has temporarily blocked Kansas from enforcing new abortion regulations that took effect Friday. The regulations, which are temporary, would have prevented two of the state's three abortion providers from continuing to offer such services.

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A new law in Kansas requires that abortion providers be licensed by the state. Health officials issued the updated licensing rules June 17. Planned Parenthood was the only place granted a license.

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KCUR News
12:21 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

2nd Abortion Provider Joins Licensing Lawsuit; State Board Approves New Regulations

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – Another Kansas abortion provider is trying to join a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking new state licensing laws and health department regulations.

Aid for Women, a clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, filed a request Wednesday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by two doctors who perform abortions at their own office.

"I'm all for patient safety," says Jeffrey Pederson, manager of Aid for Women. "This is not about patient safety. This is all about making it [accessing abortions] more difficult."

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KCUR News
12:51 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Little Known Federal Health Provision Saves Seniors on Drug Costs

LAWRENCE, Ks. – A little-known provision in the new federal healthcare law is starting to save senior citizens a lot of money. The provision, contained in the Affordable Care Act, took effect at the beginning of this year and now, senior citizens are starting to take notice. As Kansas Public Radio Bryan Thompson reports, that could translate into stronger support for the embattled law.

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KCUR News
10:46 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Kansas Abortion Provider Denied License; Another Files Suit

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. – Kansas may soon be the only state where women can't get an abortion. A new law requires that clinics which provide abortions be licensed by the state. Officials recently indicated no existing abortion providers have met the new state licensing rules, which take effect Friday. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the measure is being challenged in federal court.

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KCUR News
5:28 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Kansas Cuts Planned Parenthood Funds; Alternate Providers Uncertain

Planned Parenthood's contract for Title X funding in Kansas ends this week.
Photo by Elana Gordon

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KCUR News
1:42 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Cigarette Tax Proposal Draws Scrutiny

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Secretary of State has approved a petition for circulation that would raise the state's cigarette tax by a dollar. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the petition is not gaining popularity among some long-time tobacco-tax supporters.

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KCUR News
9:23 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

More Missouri Hospitals Going Electronic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More and more hospitals in Missouri are going electronic. That's based on a new report from the Missouri Hospital Association.

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Nine out of ten Missouri hospitals now have some sort of electronic health record system in place.

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KCUR News
3:07 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Health Officials Warn of Contaminated Floodwater

SALINA, Ks. – With the prospect of several weeks of flooding along the Missouri River, many people may be tempted to wade into the water in areas where they think they know the underlying terrain. But the advice from the Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment, Robert Moser?: Don't do it! Bryan Thompson has more.

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KCUR News
11:25 am
Wed June 15, 2011

30 Years Later: Progress on AIDS but Stigma, Uncertainty Remain

Dr. Michael Gottlieb (L) recently spoke at the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center Conference in Kansas City. Rose Farnan (R) is a nurse at Truman Medical Center who's been treating patients with HIV in Kansas City since the '80s.
Photo by Elana Gordon

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