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.
Kansas City, MO – A medical society program which connects uninsured residents in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties with donated health services is experiencing major backlogs. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Nearly 300 specialists currently participate in the three-year-old program called Wy/Jo Care. Through it, doctors donate their time on a rotating basis. Safety net clinics refer uninsured patients to them.
Salina, KS – State and local governments, and community and tribal organizations have until August 6th to apply for a total of 40 million dollars in federal outreach grants to help enroll uninsured children in government health insurance programs. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
Kansas City, MO – Major reductions to a program aimed at improving the health of low income Missourians take effect today.
The state's three year old health and wellness program allows special nurses and health workers to regularly follow-up with Medicaid recipients. The staff is available by phone 24 hours a day to provide advice about healthy living and help connect patients with care.
Lenexa, KS – Earlier this month, the Johnson County Parks Board voted to bring in sharpshooters and bow hunters, to help solve the problem of too many deer in Shawnee Mission Park. At the time, some residents raised concerns about a rising tick population as a result of the deer increase.
Kansas City, MO – Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas Governor who's now U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, drew attention to state-specific health problems today. It's part of the White House's latest push to overhaul the nation's health care system. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
Kansas City, MO – Kathleen Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas and now Secretary of Health and Human Services, has successfully pulled a top Kansas leader to join her in Washington D.C.
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kathy Greenlee as the new Assistant Secretary for Aging. The announcement means she'll be leaving her post as the Kansas Secretary of Aging and work for her former boss at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Kansas City, MO – Health agencies across the metro are increasing their efforts to prevent the spread of HIV tomorrow and Saturday.
Several clinics have set up free, walk-in HIV testing sites in honor of National HIV Testing Day and in order to highlight the prevalence of the disease, which infects a new person every nine and a half minutes or so.
Samantha Hughes is with the Kansas City health department and says the agency now recommends that everyone know their HIV status.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas officials are considering merging or closing several state-run facilities in response to the current budget crisis. The adult psychiatric hospital in Wyandotte County is one of six places under review. But that has many area law enforcement officials concerned.
Kansas City, MO – Services for people who are uninsured or underinsured are receiving a much-needed boost from one of the area's main health care foundations.
The Reach Health Care Foundation recently announced it's more than doubled the amount of money it's directing towards core health services. Brenda Sharpe is the foundation's CEO, and says the decision this year to focus more on protecting ongoing programs - as opposed to funding new ones - was in large part due to the growing need for basic medical services.
Kansas City, MO – This weekend, a funeral was held in Wichita for Dr. George Tiller, one of the area's most controversial figures since the 1980s. Tiller was one of just a few physicians in the country who provided late abortions, until he was shot inside his church last Sunday. The day after that, some two hundred people gathered near JC Nichols Fountain on the Plaza to mourn his death. KCUR's Elana Gordon was there, and asked people how Dr. Tiller's murder might affect the tone of the abortion debate.
Kansas City, MO – Dr. George Tiller's Wichita clinic is closed for the rest of the week as a gesture of morning the slain physician. It will reopen Monday staffed by three out-of-state doctors who have worked there on a rotating basis for several years. One of them, Dr. LeRoy Carhart, told reporters yesterday that the clinic will continue to offer "all of the services it has in the past."
Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Department of Health has ramped down its surveillance of swine flu. There are currently 38 confirmed cases in the state, but as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, health officials are no longer attempting to keep track of every person that may be infected.