Health

KCUR News
11:42 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Safety-Net Clinic to Open in South Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. – A new clinic will soon open in South Kansas City that's intended to make health care easier to access in the area.

After reviewing more than 30 locations, Swope Health Services has announced it's building a new clinic at 88th Street and Troost. Dr. William Pankey is chief medical officer at Swope. He says there's a huge gap when it comes to the availability of safety net health services in that part of the city.

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KCUR News
10:03 am
Thu April 1, 2010

The Health Care Overhaul & Kansas City

Elana Gordon

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KCUR News
11:28 am
Wed March 31, 2010

Missouri House Passes Abortion Legislation

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a wide-ranging bill that would create new requirements surrounding abortions. The new requirements include notifying prosecutors anytime a girl younger than 18 seeks an abortion, whether she goes through with it or not.

GOP House Member Brian Nieves of Franklin County says it would reduce the number of abortions performed in Missouri.

"And hopefully, bringing to justice the sick, disgusting people that would actually rape an underage child," Nieves says.

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Kansas Statehouse
5:42 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Health Care Freedom Amendment Fails In Kansas House

Topeka, Kan. – A so-called "Health Care Freedom Amendment" to the Kansas constitution failed today in the House. The amendment is aimed at exempting the state from federal health care laws that would require Kansans to have health insurance.

Supporters have argued it would send a message that they disapprove of the law signed today by President Obama. But they fell nine votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass a constitutional amendment.

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Missouri Statehouse
11:19 am
Mon March 22, 2010

MO Lawmakers Stick To Party Line As Health Care Passes

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri's Congressional delegation stuck mostly to party lines, as the House in a rare Sunday session sent a massive overhaul of the health care system to President Obama.

Republicans are vowing to use the bill against the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. Among their targets is Congressmen Russ Carnahan.

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KCUR News
7:51 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Kansas City University Of Medicine Sues Former President

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences has filed a lawsuit against its former CEO and president, Karen Pletz.

The university fired Pletz this past winter. The civil suit filed in Jackson County circuit court today alleges that she misused millions of dollars for her own personal benefit.

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KCUR News
11:58 am
Fri March 19, 2010

KU To Open Medical Training Program In Salina

Kansas City, Mo. – The University of Kansas is expanding its medical school to train more rural doctors.

KU's school of medicine has announced it's opening a four year medical program in Salina, Kansas. It's geared towards the practice of rural medicine.

Dr. Michael Kennedy is KU's Associate Dean of Rural Health Education. He says physician shortages are a problem in rural areas because med students from those places often don't go back.

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Missouri Statehouse
3:54 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Missouri Senate Passes Autism Bill

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed legislation requiring group insurance plans regulated by the state to cover autism treatment.

The Senate bill would mandate that companies cover up to $55,000 a year for treatment of autism patients younger than 21.

GOP Senator Scott Rupp of St. Charles County sponsored the legislation.

"We're doing our job in the state, the families are doing their job, the schools are doing their job," Rupp told lawmakers. "When, insurance industry, are you going to start doing yours?!?"

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Kansas Statehouse
10:53 am
Thu March 18, 2010

Moore Backs Health Care Reconciliation, Republicans Oppose

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas third district Representative Dennis Moore says he plans to vote in favor of the health care reconciliation bill when it comes to the floor of the House.

Moore serves on the House Budget Committee, which is charged with reviewing legislation under the rules of reconciliation. That committee has reported the so called Reconciliation Act of 2010 to the House Rules Committee with instructions. That's the last stop before a vote by the full House.

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KCUR News
5:40 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Kan. & Mo. Lawmakers Continue Push To Block Federal Health Care Bill

Topeka, Kan. / Jefferson City, Mo. – A measure pushing back against the federal government passed in the Kansas House Monday by a vote of 109 to 11. The resolution calls on the federal government to stop passing laws that put mandates on the states.

Proponents have argued the federal government is encroaching on states' rights. The non-binding measure has no legal authority, but Republican Representative Joe Patton told fellow lawmakers it still carries weight.

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KCUR News
11:08 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Violence Prevention Program Gets Boost From Police Department

Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City Missouri Police Department has announced it's setting aside $300,000 from its budget to support the violence prevention program Aim4Peace. Most public funding for the initiative ran out last spring, but some grants have helped keep it running. Police Captain Rich Lockhart says the department wants to ensure Aim4Peace continues operating because it's allowed for a more holistic approach to fighting crime.

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Kansas Statehouse
1:00 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Amendment To Block Federal Health Care Legislation Advances in Kansas

Topeka, Kan. – A bill aimed at exempting Kansas from federal health care legislation is moving forward. The bill passed the House Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday.

It's a constitutional amendment, and says the state would be exempt from any federal rules requiring Kansans to have health insurance.

State representative Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, opposes the bill. He says it could limit debate in Kansas on health care legislation before it's even finished in Washington.

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KCUR News
12:57 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

MO House Gives First-Round Approval To Opt-Out Health Care Resolution

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment designed to block compulsory participation in any national health care system.

Supporters of the resolution, including GOP House Member Tim Flook of Clay County, said President Obama and the Democratic-led Congress are trying to expand the role of government in everyday life.

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KCUR News
4:42 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Assessing Quality: Website Compares Area Medical Practices

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City residents can compare the quality of area medical practices online now.

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KCUR News
11:40 am
Tue March 2, 2010

One In Three Small Town Residents Uninsured By 2019

Lawrence, Kan. – A new report by a rural think tank says rural Americans will be devastated if Congress fails to overhaul the nation's health care system

KCUR News
10:11 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Tax Committee Looking At Insurance Company Tax Credit

Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas House Taxation Committee is holding hearings this week to get more information on some tax credits. Lawmakers may consider cutting back or eliminating some credits as a way to raise revenue. Lawmakers yesterday heard how getting rid of a credit for insurance companies could cost the state jobs.

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KCUR News
11:47 am
Mon March 1, 2010

Kansas Moves to Outlaw Marijuana-Mimicking Incense

Kansas City, Mo. – In most states marijuana remains illegal. But across the Kansas City region, some people wanting to get high are turning to a legal synthetic version. It's commonly known as K2, but also goes by names like Spice and Yucatan Fire. Now Kansas and some other states, including Missouri, are moving to ban the chemicals in these herbal blends. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more on this relatively new trend and its uncertain future.

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KCUR News
10:24 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Southeast Kansas Still Lags In Health Rankings

Kansas City, Mo. – The first-ever study ranking the health of counties in every state shows the southeast corner of Kansas remains the state's least-healthy region.

KCUR News
12:28 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

State To Re-Examine Needs Of Kansans With Traumatic Brain Injury

Overland Park, Kan. – About one in ten people deal with brain injury. Awareness has gone up in recent years, but it's still a silent epidemic, according to Betsy Johnson. Johnson's a speech language pathologist and director of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, which is launching a public forum this Wednesday to revise the plan Kansas has for dealing with the issue. KCUR's Elana Gordon caught up with Johnson.

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KCUR News
11:25 am
Tue February 9, 2010

One In Eight Missourians Turned To Food Banks Last Year

Kansas City, Mo. – As many as 728,000 Missourians took help from emergency food banks last year. That's according to a survey by Feeding America and the Missouri Food Bank Association, which is made up of six major organizations, including Harvesters in the Kansas City area.

Scott Baker, director of the umbrella group, says he thinks a lot of people will be surprised by the data.

"When you're talking about one in eight Missourians, that's a significant number," he says. "We're talking about your neighbors."

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KCUR News
2:12 pm
Mon February 8, 2010

Area Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS Crisis

Kansas City, Mo. – Several local churches are drawing attention this month to a growing problem in the African American community: HIV/AIDS.

African Americans make up about 13% of the area's population but account for almost half of newly diagnosed HIV cases, according to the local health department.

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KCUR News
2:27 pm
Fri February 5, 2010

Officials Hope To Reduce Heart Disease In Kansas

Topeka, Kan. – Health officials gathered at the Statehouse today to raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in Kansas.

Governor Mark Parkinson says he hopes legislators can help reduce the disease in Kansas by passing a statewide smoking ban. Smoking is one of the leading causes of heart disease. Parkinson says he's critical of a smoking ban bill introduced in the House that contains exceptions for some businesses.

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KCUR News
3:03 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Kansas Seeks Answers To Infant Mortality Problem

Topeka, Kan. – If it's true that infant mortality is a good indicator of a population's health, Kansas isn't doing so well. A blue ribbon panel has been trying to figure out what's to blame and what to do about it, as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports.

 

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Health
3:26 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

KDHE Will Try to Tackle Obesity During Legislative Session

Topeka, KS – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be pushing for laws this legislative session that they hope will help Kansans slim down. State Health Director Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips told Kansas Public Radio's Stephen Koranda that around one-third of Kansas adults are overweight. He says an additional third of adults are obese, meaning they're at least 30 pounds overweight.

 

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The Economy Project
12:36 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Kansas Mental Health Centers Stretched Thin

Kansas City, MO – A third of community mental health centers in Kansas are operating in the red. Nine out of 27 spent more than they took in last year, according to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

This year's revenue may not be any better for centers, now that the state's also enacted a ten percent cut to Medicaid reimbursements, according to the SRS's Rick Shults.

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KCUR News
10:17 am
Mon February 1, 2010

Local Pediatrician Missing In Haiti: Friends and Colleagues Offer Reflections

Kansas City, Kan. – Turner House Children's Clinic celebrated its twentieth anniversary last week. The clinic serves thousands of uninsured and underserved children living in Kansas City, Kansas. The event, though, was bittersweet. Dr. Frank Vaughters founded the clinic, but was gone on a medical mission in Haiti when the earthquake hit more than two weeks ago. He's still missing.

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KCUR News
10:54 am
Fri January 29, 2010

With Doctor Still Missing, Clinic's Celebration Is Bittersweet

Kansas City, Kan. – A local children's clinic has turned twenty, but its celebration yesterday was bittersweet.

Several dozen people gathered at Turner House Children's Clinic to recognize its two decades of providing health care to underserved kids in Kansas City, Kansas. The event also honored one of the clinic's founders, Dr. Frank Vaughters.

Dr. Vaughters was on a medical mission in Haiti when the earthquake hit more than two weeks ago. He's still missing.

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KCUR News
1:59 pm
Wed January 27, 2010

Overland Park Senator Proposes Restoring Kansas Medicaid Cuts

Topeka, Kan. – A state senator wants Kansas lawmakers to restore $22 million in cuts for Medicaid reimbursements imposed by Governor Mark Parkinson.

Republican Senator Jeff Colyer of Overland Park, who is a physician, planned to offer the proposal during Senate debate Wednesday on a budget bill for the current fiscal year.

Parkinson, a Democrat, imposed the reduction in December as he sought to balance the state budget. The cut amounts to a 10 percent reduction in the rate paid to health care providers.

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KCUR News
9:45 am
Wed January 27, 2010

Kansas Hospitals For The Developmentally Disabled Won't Close

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson won't shut down a state hospital for the developmentally disabled in Topeka - for now.

But Parkinson said the state will begin moving patients from the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka and the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center into community programs.

The governor says the lower populations could lead to the closing of either hospital in three or four years.

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KCUR News
3:51 pm
Tue January 26, 2010

Church Coalition Asks Moore To Back Healthcare Bill

Kansas City, Kansas – Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore, a Democrat, got a direct appeal to lobby House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others to press the House version of the health care bill.

Moore met in a Kansas City, Kansas church with the group " Communities Creating Opportunity."

Two hundred members of at least fifteen Wyandotte and Johnson County churches made a plea for congressional action on jobs and health care.

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