Kansas City, Mo. – National healthcare legislation was only part of the questions from an audience as Missouri's 6th District congressman Sam Graves held a listening session in Kansas City, North. Displeasure with the current administration, in general, set a distinct tone as the Republican congressman met comfortably with between 300 and 400 men and women. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there.
Kansas City, Mo. – In the Kansas City area and beyond, health-care town halls held by Members of Congress have been turned into tirades by people who've found an outlet for fury. Many seem outraged at a system they can't control. It's not an original phenomenon in recent political history. KCUR's Dan Verbeck talked with a Kansas City academic who makes it her job to observe. He shares the conversation.
Kansas City – Kansas Citians joined hundreds around the country on Saturday at rallies on the health care debate. Laura Ziegler has more. The rallies were organized by conservative groups associated with anti-government Tea Party protesters. The Tea Parties became well known on Tax Day this year, when large crowds expressed anger over the government meltdown and bailouts.
The so called "Recess Rallies" on Saturday had a central website where protesters were encouraged to report from different cities on turnout.
Kansas City, MO – 40 years ago, about half of all children walked or biked to school, and childhood obesity rates were low. Nowadays, only about one in seven get to school on their own power, and about a third of kids in Kansas and Missouri are overweight.
Walking to school saves gas, and it burns calories. As local governments and parents tighten their belts in this economy, many Kansas City area parents are looking to walk-to-school programs, to both save money, and provide kids with some much needed exercise. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Kansas City, MO – Democratic Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-5) and Dennis Moore (KS-3) talk with Steve Kraske about national health care reform, what's actually in proposed legislation, the debate over a public option, and when meaningful legislation might end up on the President's desk.
Kansas City, MO – Health care premiums in Missouri rose three and a half times faster than workers' earnings over the past decade. That's according to a new study from the consumer advocacy group Families USA. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
Jefferson City, MO – Protesters are criticizing central Missouri Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton for not holding any town hall meetings on the current health care debate. KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports.
Nearly a hundred people held signs and demonstrated outside of Congressman Skelton's Jefferson City office.
They spoke out against House legislation that would create a government-operated health care plan, and accused the Missouri Democrat of deliberately ignoring their concerns.
Topeka, KS – Republican Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins told a crowd of 200 people gathered in Topeka today that the health care reform proposals being debated on capital hill are too costly and allow too much government intrusion.
Jenkins, who was speaking at a town hall meeting on health reform, drew applause from the crowd when she criticized the plan.
JENKINS: "I've said this from the beginning, that I can't support any plan - any plan - that puts bureaucrats or politicians in between you and your physician."
Poplar Bluff, MO – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill held three "listening forums" in Missouri's Bootheel yesterday. Stopping in Kennett, Hayti, and Poplar Bluff, she fielded questions related to health care reform. KRCU's Jacob McCleland has more.
Topeka, KS – The Kansas Board of Education is working on recommendations for dealing with swine flu during the coming school year.Yesterday, board members were briefed on strategies for slowing the disease. KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.
Yesterday, State Health Officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips briefed the Board on ways to slow the spread of the disease. He says they should develop plans that won't require closing schools if the flu isn't widespread.
Salina, KS – A coalition of faith leaders is launching a nationwide effort to make sure that every American family receives quality, affordable health care. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
Lee's Summit, MO – Local town hall meetings across the country are becoming a flashpoint in the national debate on health care. In St. Louis last week, Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan held a forum on Aging, but it ended with six arrests and one person going to the hospital.
That type of turmoil wasn't the case in Lee's Summit this weekend, where hundreds of people attended Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver's monthly coffeehouse event. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
Kansas City, MO – Local town hall meetings across the country are becoming a flashpoint in the national debate on health care. Several events have been disrupted by demonstrators. In St. Louis last week, Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan held a forum on Aging, which ended with 6 arrests and one person going to the hospital. That kind of turmoil didn't happen in Lee's Summit this weekend, where hundreds of people turned out for Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver's monthly coffeehouse. KCUR's Elana Gordon was there.
Kansas City, MO – A bill that would have required insurance companies to cover the treatment and diagnosis of autism never made it through the legislature last session...but Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says that won't stand next year. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
Nixon told a group of doctors and families at Children's Mercy Hospital yesterday he's disappointed with what happened to an autism bill the Missouri Senate approved earlier this year.
Kansas City, MO – For many children with asthma, summer camp is not an option. Activities like running around can trigger serious attacks...at least, when the condition isn't managed properly. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, one local summer camp is working to address just that.
Salina, KS – Normally, Pottatwatomie County might see three or four cases of pertussis in a year. There have been a dozen cases in that county since June. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
Kansas City, MO – U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi has vowed to reach an agreement on a health care bill soon. But that may depend on the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrats seen as swing votes on health care legislation.
Kansas City, KS – Officials at KU Medical Center say stimulus money will carry them through the most recent round of state budget cuts. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the situation will still mean fewer students next year.
KU Medical Center recently eliminated nearly 80 jobs - including 10 faculty positions - after a ten percent drop in state funding this year. They also cut some graduate teaching and research opportunities.