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.
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.
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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."
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.
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.
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."
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.