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KCUR News
11:07 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Kan. Board Of Education Preparing For Swine Flu

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.

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The Economy Project
9:27 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Faith Leaders Call Health Care a Moral Imperative

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.

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KCUR News
10:05 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Health Debate Heated But Civil At Cleaver Coffeehouse

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.

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KCUR News
9:26 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Cleaver Compares Civil Rights Organizing To Health Reform Protests

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.

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KCUR News
10:13 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Nixon Pushes Autism Coverage Legislation

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.

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KCUR News
11:57 am
Thu August 6, 2009

Local Camp Takes On Asthma In Urban Core

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.

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KCUR News
5:43 pm
Tue August 4, 2009

Mo. Medicaid Rolls Up Five Percent

Jefferson City, MO – The number of Missourians on Medicaid has increased by nearly 5 percent over the past year. KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports:

More than 871,000 Missouri residents were on the state's Medicaid rolls as of June 2009. That's 39,000 more than in June of last year.

Scott Rowson is with the Department of Social Services.

ROWSON: "Certainly it's an indicator of the poor state of the economy...I think there are just a lot of families out there hurting, and unfortunately, qualifying for Medicaid."

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KCUR News
5:54 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Whooping Cough Strikes Two Kansas Counties

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.

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KCUR News
3:59 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Asthma & Absenteeism: Health Officials Encourage Action Before School Begins

Kansas City, MO – School begins in just a few weeks, but for many students with asthma, the return to the classroom means more health complications.

Peggy Gaddy is Missouri's Asthma Program Coordinator. She says for a variety of reasons, kids experience more problems with their asthma once school starts.

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KCUR News
3:58 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Lower Costs And Don't Rush: Kan. Rep. Dennis Moore On Health Legislation

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.

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KCUR News
5:03 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Kan. Board To Open Hearing Against OP Doctor

Salina, KS – The State Board of Healing Arts begins five days of testimony today in a disciplinary hearing against an Overland Park osteopath. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

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KCUR News
3:23 pm
Sun July 12, 2009

KU Medical Center Braces For Enrollment Reductions

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.

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Health
10:55 am
Fri July 10, 2009

Obesity Still Rising Relentlessly

Salina, KS – If it seems an ever-growing number of people are, well, ever-growing, it's not your imagination. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

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KCUR News
3:29 pm
Tue July 7, 2009

Specialty Care Options Waning For Area Uninsured

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.

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Health
8:52 am
Tue July 7, 2009

HHS Announces Children's Health Insurance Outreach Grants Available

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.

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KCUR News
9:37 am
Wed July 1, 2009

Fiscal Year Begins, Health Program Reduced

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.

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KCUR News
11:45 pm
Tue June 30, 2009

Tick-Borne Diseases Warrant Concern

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.

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KCUR News
4:31 pm
Fri June 26, 2009

Sebelius Draws On State Data In Push For Health Care Overhaul

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.

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KCUR News
11:31 am
Fri June 26, 2009

Top Kan. Health Official Leaves Post For DC

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.

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KCUR News
12:03 pm
Thu June 25, 2009

Health Agencies Ramp Up Efforts To Prevent HIV

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.

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KCUR News
12:01 pm
Wed June 24, 2009

Kan. Officials Consider Closure Of Rainbow Mental Health

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.

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KCUR News
11:11 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Local Safety Net Health Services Receive $900,000 Boost

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.

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KCUR News
10:35 am
Mon June 8, 2009

At Tiller Vigil, Reflections On The Future Of The Abortion Debate

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.

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KCUR News
3:44 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Tiller Mourned At Local Vigil

Kansas City, MO – Some two hundred fifty people gathered near the JC Nichols Fountain last night, to mourn the recent death of Wichita doctor George Tiller. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

Reverend Holly McKissick of St. Andrew Church of Christ gave an opening prayer.

MCKISSICK: "We remember tonight one who lived a life of rare conviction a life of courage beyond counting."

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KCUR News
3:02 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Infant Death Prompts Day Care Closing

Salina, KS – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has suspended the license of a day care home in Merriam following the death of an infant. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

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KCUR News
9:27 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Legal Challenges For Tiller's Clinic Likely To End

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."

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KCUR News
10:35 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Missouri Ramps Down Swine Flu Surveillance

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.

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KCUR News
1:16 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Nixon Touts Program To Expand Health Care Education

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stopped at UMKC's nursing school yesterday, to highlight a recently approved initiative aimed at expanding the state's health care workforce. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR News
1:53 pm
Tue May 26, 2009

National Archives Finds New Home; Inaugural Exhibit Highlights 1918 Flu Pandemic

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's National Archives Center opened to the public this past weekend. A newly renovated freight building next to Union Station now houses some 15 million federal documents from throughout the region. For years, they were stored in what archivists there describe as a difficult-to-access federal depot in South Kansas City. In honor of the new space, the center put together an exhibit showcasing key moments in local and national history. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.

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