Health

KCUR News
1:52 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

Lawmakers Push For Medicaid Fraud Investigation

Topeka, KS – Two state lawmakers are asking the Kansas Attorney General to investigate the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, or SRS, for possible Medicaid fraud.

KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.

KCUR News
11:19 am
Thu September 24, 2009

Local Safety Net Hospital Leader On Health Care

KCUR News
8:10 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Making A 'Healthier Heartland:' Businesses & Health Agencies Kick Off Initiative

Kansas City, MO – Area business, health, and community leaders kicked of a campaign yesterday aimed at helping Kansas City residents increase their physical activity, eat better, and reduce their exposure to tobacco.

Called "Building a Healthier Heartland," the campaign will coordinate various health initiatives across the region over the next couple years.

Health Department Director Rex Archer says the efforts will take a wide-scale approach.

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KCUR News
10:15 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Mo. House Committee Explores Autism Insurance

Jefferson City, MO – A State House committee studying the impact of autism in Missouri took testimony yesterday in preparation for crafting legislation next year.

Lorri Unumb of Lexington, South Carolina, is the mother of an autistic child, and helped get an autism insurance bill passed in her home state.

She told Missouri lawmakers that passing similar legislation here would be cheaper than letting taxpayers foot the bill.

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KCUR News
9:58 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Health Policy Authority Recommends Medicaid Cuts

Salina, KS – The Kansas Health Policy Authority has to cut two million dollars from its budget next year to meet the budget targets set by the governor. The agency's board has endorsed a three-step plan to do just that.

More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

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KCUR News
11:50 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Number Of Uninsured Rises In Kansas

Salina, KS – The nationwide trend has been toward fewer people going without health insurance. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, Kansas has been bucking that trend.

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KCUR News
11:37 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Brownback Weighs In On Health Care Speech

Topeka, KS – Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback has weighed in on President Obama's health care speech to Congress Wednesday night.

Brownback says he believes the President focused too much on getting government involved in health care.

"I thought this was really going to be a chance of sorts to set the reset button and put out theories of ideas that were bipartisan, or a real process that could engage a bipartisan proposal," Brownback said. "Instead, he really seemed to move to the left."

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KCUR News
2:15 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Area Med Students React To President's Healthcare Speech

Kansas City, MO – Last night, President Barack Obama stood before a joint session of congress to map out his plans for overhauling the nation's health care system. Meanwhile, KCUR's Elana Gordon caught up with some Medical students - who will most definitely be impacted by whatever happens in Washington - to find out their views on the President's speech and how they see the debate over health care affecting their lives and futures as medical professionals.

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KCUR News
12:42 pm
Tue September 8, 2009

Looking Back at Region's Health Rallies and Protests

Kansas City, MO and Springfield, MO – This week, Congress is scheduled to reconvene, and take up what's been an extremely contentious issue this summer: health care. Over the past few weeks, area congressional offices and events have been the target of protests and rallies. KCUR's Elana Gordon and KSMU's Missy Shelton take a look back at some of those events, where hundreds, even thousands, of people turned out across the region to voice their opinions, ask questions, and in some cases disrupt meetings.

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KCUR News
10:56 am
Fri September 4, 2009

Missouri Experiences Spike In Flu Cases

Kansas City, MO – Flu season typically doesn't start until the beginning of October, but area hospitals are already experiencing a spike in cases.

Emergency rooms throughout the state are seeing an unusually high number of people with flu-like illnesses.

Kit Wagar is with the Missouri Department of Health and says the rate has doubled in the Kansas City area, compared to this time last year.

Specifically, flu-like illnesses now account for about four percent of all ER visits.

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KCUR News
11:03 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Kan. Receives Federal Grant To Increase Health Insurance Coverage

Kansas City, MO – Enrolling in Medicaid and SCHIP in Kansas will soon get a lot easier.

The state is one of thirteen places to receive a federal grant to upgrade their computer systems and improve the overall enrollment process.

"It'll make it easier for us to process applications as they come in," said Peter Hancock with the Kansas Health Policy authority, which oversees the state's Medicaid program. "We're dealing with a very antiquated system."

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KCUR News
5:57 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

Area Religious Leaders Put Focus On Health Care

Kansas City, MO – Several area religious groups are joining in on the health care debate, calling efforts to fix the nation's health care system a moral imperative.

Some 175 people from about two dozen churches met up at Immanuel Luther Church last night for a health care rally.

Reverend Stevie Wakes of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church told the crowd ignoring the needs of those who are sick and lack access to health care is a crime.

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KCUR News
10:16 am
Wed September 2, 2009

Kan. Governor's Council: Cutting Obesity Rates Could Save Tax Dollars

Topeka, KS – Members of the Governor's Council on Fitness are working to tackle obesity in Kansas, and that could help the state budget's bottom line.

KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.

KCUR News
1:41 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

Bond And Top Republican Leaders Visit KC, Criticize Health Legislation

Kansas City, MO – Top Republican Senate leaders underlined their concerns about Congress's current health care proposals at a private forum in Kansas City yesterday.

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell told some hundred people at Children's Mercy Hospital that it's time for Congress to press the reset button on health reform.

"I hope when we go back in after labor day, we will step back, and start over, and think about the incremental adjustments that we need to make in the world's finest health care," McConnell said.

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KCUR News
11:40 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Strained Clinics Expand Hours

Kansas City, MO – Safety net clinics across the metro are facing a growing demand for services, but often have to turn people away because they're full.

Now, a new initiative is underway to help places accommodate more patients.

Starting this fall, several area clinics will be adding regular evening and weekend hours.

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KCUR News
12:17 pm
Thu August 27, 2009

Northland Congressman Sam Graves Cheered At Health Forum

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.

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KCUR News
10:35 am
Tue August 25, 2009

McCaskill Hosts Health Forum In Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – More than a thousand people poured into a gym at UMKC yesterday for a health care forum with Senator Claire McCaskill.

Unlike most of McCaskill's previous events, the majority of attendees at the Kansas City forum appeared to be in favor of some sort of healthcare overhaul.

McCaskill read aloud and then answered a wide range of written questions submitted by audience members.

The discussion remained civil - but the biggest boos and cheers occurred when McCaskill talked about a public health insurance plan.

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KCUR News
2:05 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Protest History Repeats In Health Care Forums

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.

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KCUR News
9:29 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Many Take To Streets Over Health Care Debate

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.

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KCUR News
6:27 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Hundreds Turn Out For Weekend Forum, Health Care Protests

Kansas City, MO – Elected officials heard indirectly from the grass roots over the weekend, as opponents and supporters of health care reform took to the streets.

Several hundred people lined both sides of 87th Street in front of Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore's office.

Roughly equal numbers of supporters and opponents on either side of the street peacefully waved signs and posters.

Chris Norton, who favors the Obama plan, said he was disappointed Congressman Moore didn't come out sooner in support of it.

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KCUR News
9:15 am
Sun August 23, 2009

Walk-To-School Program Gains Footing

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.

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Health
12:09 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Businesses Can Help Mitigate Flu Season

Salina, KS – Federal authorities say preparing for the coming flu season is something business owners and managers need to begin doing now. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.

Listen to the story here.

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KCUR News
1:47 am
Thu August 20, 2009

False Information Muddles Health Debate

Kansas City, MO – Several local health and faith-based leaders in support of overhauling the nation's health care system say the debate's been sidetracked by false information.

Myra Christopher, from the Center for Practical Bioethics, spoke at a news conference yesterday at Swope Health Services.

"I've been heart-broken," she said. "I've also been quite angry, frankly, at the lies and mischaracterizations of what is contained in the various legislative reform efforts."

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KCUR News
10:57 am
Wed August 19, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Tests On Children Begin Today In KC

Kansas City, MO – H1N1 vaccine testing on children starts today, and Children's Mercy Hospital is one of five places nationwide to take part in the study.

Dr. Christopher Harrison heads infectious disease research at Children's Mercy and is overseeing the trial of some hundred twenty children there.

Dr. Harrison said while testing kids can be a sensitive issue, research is essential.

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KCUR News
9:35 am
Wed August 19, 2009

K-State Developing Saliva Test For H1N1 Swine Flu

Manhattan, KS – Veterinary scientists at Kansas State University are working to develop new ways to detect viral infections in both pigs and humans.

As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, it could eventually mean that diseases like H1N1 Swine Flu will be diagnosed without the need for blood testing. Listen to the story here.

Find out more about the Kansas Health Series on Kansas Public Radio here.

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KCUR News
9:23 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Kan. Medicaid Rolls, Costs Could Expand Under US House Proposal

Topeka, KS – Federal health care legislation could expand the Medicaid program, possibly costing states like Kansas more tax dollars.

Medicaid provides health services for more than 200,000 aged, disabled, or low-income Kansans.

Legislation in the U.S. House would raise the maximum income allowed to be eligible for the program.

Andy Allison, Director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, explained that could affect Kansas more than other states because Kansas has tight income standards for covering some groups.

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KCUR News
12:41 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Democratic Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-5) And Dennis Moore (KS-3) On Health Care Reform

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.

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KCUR News
12:07 pm
Sun August 16, 2009

New Study: Mo. Insurance Premiums Far Outpaced Income Over Last Decade

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.

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KCUR News
2:41 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Tiahrt Fields Healthcare Questions

Topeka, KS – More than 300 Kansans packed a health care town hall meeting in Topeka yesterday. KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda was there.

KCUR News
2:34 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Protestors Criticize Skelton For Not Holding Town Hall On Health Care

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.

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