health care

Up To Date
2:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

The State Of Women's Healthcare In Kansas And Missouri

In recent years, women in Kansas and Missouri have found it harder to access complete health care. In this edition of Up to Date, we talk with two providers about the reasons healthcare access is more difficult. We also discuss the challenges health centers face in providing care, and the difficulties patients face in accessing care. 

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Up To Date
4:55 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Kansas Healthcare Consultant Debunks Ten Myths Of Modern Medicine

When it comes to getting medical treatment it’s good to live in America. Here we get the finest health care in the world, have confidence in the doctors we see and our hospitals are the best places to be when we’re ill. Not so says healthcare consultant John Leifer.

On this edition of Up to Date, Leifer talks with Steve Krasek to expose these and other myths of modern medicine in this country including this one: we’re the patients so we’re not part of the problem.

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Heartland Health Monitor
9:24 am
Thu June 26, 2014

KC Chamber To Tackle Health Issues

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is asking the public what its priorities should be as the first step in a new health initiative.

Healthy KC is a collaboration introduced Wednesday by the Chamber, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and local health leaders. The group will focus on improving health throughout the metro area.

“The message behind the new Healthy KC Commission is, ‘We’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired,’” Chamber CEO Jim Heeter said in a statement Wednesday.

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Central Standard
10:10 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Cash Money Crew: How To Prepare For Long-Term Care

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Even if we try to deny it, we can't escape getting older. Almost three-fourths of people who reach the age of 65 are going to need some kind of long-term care. So why is it that so few of us plan for those needs?

On Monday's Central Standard, Bill Anderson and the Cash Money Crew talk about how to prepare finances for old age and the possibility of needing long-term care. Plus, they explore the poor health of the long-term care insurance industry. 

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Central Standard
2:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

What It Means To Be HIV Positive Today?

An HIV infected T-Cell
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The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than a million people are living with HIV in the U.S. In spite of widespread education and prevention efforts, there has been little change in the number of new HIV infections. The good news: new treatments have allowed people with HIV to live a normal lifespan with reduced risk of transmitting the disease to others. But social stigma and the psychological and economic impact of HIV/AIDS still take a toll on those diagnosed with the disease.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Congressional Pay & Healthcare

The Ethics Professors tackle the issue of Congressional pay during a shutdown.
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When thousands of federal employees are being forced to go without a paycheck indefinitely because of inaction in Congress, is it really ethical for members of Congress to keep accepting their own paychecks?

On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors join us to discuss that and other issues of murky morals. Should we consider signing up for healthcare part of a civic duty to lower medical costs for everyone? And how should we set a limit when it comes to the cost and scope of treatment?

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Health
3:24 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Proposed Jackson County Sales Tax Hike Would Boost Medical Research

Dr. John Spertus describes types of research expected from proposed health research institute.
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Medical, business and educational leaders have spelled out what Jackson County residents would get if a tax issue is put on the November ballot and gains voter approval to enhance health research and medical care.

If the county legislature and voters approve, a half-cent sales tax would raise $40 million a year.

Funds would be divided between Children's Mercy and St. Luke’s Hospitals and UMKC. It’s designed to attract top medical researchers to translate new findings into treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases.

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KC Currents
11:01 am
Mon July 15, 2013

KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty

Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. serves many low-income families in the area.
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The REACH Healthcare Foundation recently released the Kansas City Regional Health Assessment, that analyzes health data from the area from 2000 to 2011, and offers a forecast of what’s in the future for health in Kansas City.

"The poverty rate has been increasing in the metropolitan area, and generally it's been especially increasing in suburban areas," says author and Government Innovations Forum Director for the Mid America Regional Council, Dean Katnerdahl. "So there's sort of a suburbanization of poverty."

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Health
4:49 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ford-UAW Test Could Affect KC Worker Health Care

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Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers Union today rolled out a pilot health care program that might ultimately affect  workers at the Kansas City Claycomo Assembly Plant.

The program would help the chronically ill and was also expected to reduce health care costs.

Ford, the union and the union’s retiree health care trust revealed the program at the company’s Dearborn, Michigan headquarters.

If it works in Michigan, Ford’s head of labor affairs Marty Mulloy said it could be used in places like Kansas City or Louisville, which have larger numbers of retirees. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hacking To Innovate

Felipe Micaroni Lalli

Most of the time, hacking isn't the first word you want to hear coupled with technology. At Hackovate, a legion of computer-savvy gurus are using their powers for good.

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Up to Date
5:03 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Study Shows Health Care Disparities In Missouri LGBT Community

Illustration by Tracey O’Donnell

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:32 am
Tue April 24, 2012

If The Health Care Overhaul Goes Down, Could Medicare Follow?

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 4:18 am

A growing number of health experts are warning of potential collateral damage if the Supreme Court strikes down the entire 2010 Affordable Care Act: potential chaos in the Medicare program.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Seniors In Medicare 'Doughnut Hole' More Likely To Stop Heart Drugs

Falling into the "doughnut hole" of Medicare drug coverage led people to stop taking medicines more often than to search for cheaper alternatives.
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Medicare patients who reach the annual gap in coverage for prescription drugs known as the "doughnut hole" are 57 percent more likely than those with continuous insurance coverage to stop taking drugs for heart-related conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:01 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

With Cancer Care, The U.S. Spends More, But Gets More

Newer cancer treatment drugs have raised the cost of treatment even more.
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Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 3:03 pm

By now it's hardly news that the U.S. spends more than every other industrialized country on health care. But a new study suggests that at least when it comes to cancer care, Americans may actually be getting decent value.

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Health
7:37 am
Mon January 30, 2012

High Speed Health: What Google Fiber Could Mean For Health Care

What if when you’re sick and need to see the doctor, you could just log on to your home computer for a virtual visit instead of going to the office?  That idea and others were kicked around among area health leaders last week at a meeting about what Google’s soon-to-be-installed high speed internet, Google Fiber, could mean for the region’s health care sector.

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KCUR News
2:01 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Area Reps Vote On Health Law Repeal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri's fifth district representative Emanuel Cleaver says he doesn't think yesterday's passage of a bill to repeal the federal health care law poses a real threat. The Senate's likely to reject the measure. But Cleaver, a democrat who strongly supports health reform, says he is concerned with GOP plans to try to defund the law in the coming months.

"If the funds are withheld or if significant dollars are withheld, there won't be the change we had hoped for, particularly in poor communities and disaffected communities," Cleaver says.

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KCUR News
12:05 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Missouri Lowers Premiums For Pre-existing Condition Pool

Kansas City, MO – Missouri's high risk insurance program has announced it's dropping premiums by as much as twenty five percent.

The state launched the pool this summer as part of the federal health law. But state insurance director John Huff says only a couple hundred people have enrolled in it so far. Huff says lowering the monthly premiums, which range from about $250 to $1,000, will hopefully change that.

"I hope it makes health coverage more affordable and accessible for Missourians - that's the intent," says Huff.

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KCUR News
10:49 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Missouri House OKs Measure Challenging Health Law

Jefferson City, MO – The Republican-dominated Missouri House has passed a non-binding resolution urging state officials to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul and calling on Congress to repeal the law.

The House approved the resolution Tuesday on a vote of 115-46.

The measure calls on Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster to join with other states in suing over the federal health care law passed last year, or to file a separate suit.

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KCUR News
11:47 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Tax Credits Spur Health Coverage For Area Small Businesses

Salina, KS – Expanding health insurance coverage is one of the main goals of the Affordable Care Act. Most of the new health care law takes effect in 2014, but parts of it are in effect now. One such part is designed to make coverage available to a group of people who are among the most likely to be uninsured employees of small businesses.

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KCUR News
3:27 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

KS Will Continue Preparing For Health Care Law Changes

Topeka, KS – Officials in Kansas are going to continue preparing for the national health care law to take effect.

A federal court in Virginia recently ruled against the law's insurance mandate.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says at this point the state needs to continue working to prepare for any changes.

"This is going to be decided way down the line and probably at the supreme court level," Praeger says. "There will be numerous appeals."

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KCUR News
10:24 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Missouri Governor Reacts To Health Care Ruling

Jefferson City, MO – Republicans in Missouri are praising Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared portions of the new federal health care law unconstitutional.

The Missouri Republican Party released a statement criticizing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill for supporting the bill and "thumbing her nose at the clear will of Missourians."

The State GOP also accused Governor Jay Nixon of ducking the issue altogether.

Nixon did respond to a question about the ruling during a press conference in Columbia on Monday.

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KCUR News
12:50 am
Sun September 26, 2010

New Pre-Existing Condition Program Gets Slim Response

Kansas City, MO – High risk insurance pools are designed to cover people with preexisting health conditions who can't get coverage. Missouri recently launched a new pool, subsidized under the recently passed federal health law. The program could apply to upwards of 150,000 residents, but not many are signing up so far.

Denied Coverage
Carolen Collins says she didn't think finding insurance would be such a problem when she decided to take early retirement from KU hospital two years ago.

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KCUR News
11:25 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Local Businesses Brace for Health Care Changes

Kansas City, MO – Small businesses throughout Kansas City are bracing for changes under the federal health law.

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KCUR News
10:15 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Telemedicine Gets Boost

Kansas City, MO – Leaders of a new telemedicine initiative are hoping to expand the use of the technology in rural areas where doctors and other specialists are difficult to access.

The virtual Heartland Telehealth Resource Center will help doctors and other providers get started with video-conferencing and other telemedicine technologies.

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KCUR News
7:30 am
Fri August 27, 2010

New Health Plan for Missouri Workers Upsets Union Leaders

Jefferson City, MO – Union leaders in Missouri are not happy with a new health insurance plan for state employees. It replaces the current co-pay system with one that requires state workers to pay deductibles. Richard von Glahn is with the Missouri State Workers Union.

"We are frustrated because state employees are gonna be faced with higher out-of-pocket health care costs the Missouri legislature continues to choose policies that balance our revenue crisis on the backs of state workers," says von Glahn.

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KCUR Health
9:59 am
Tue July 20, 2010

Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Ballot Measure Dropped

Jefferson City, MO – The people who challenged a Missouri ballot measure on health care have decided not to appeal a judge's decision dismissing their lawsuit. Attorney Chip Gentry says his clients don't plan to take the case to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Last week a circuit court judge rejected a lawsuit seeking to strike the proposal from the Aug. 3rd ballot. The lawsuit claimed legislators violated the state constitution in the way they drafted the measure.

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KCUR News
10:58 am
Thu July 15, 2010

New High Risk Insurance Pool Opens Today In Missouri

Kansas City, MO – The U.S Department of Health and Human Services gave final approval yesterday to Missouri's new high risk insurance pool. The decision means a new coverage option is now available for Missourians with pre-existing conditions.

The Missouri Department of Insurance says it will start taking applications today for the pool. Travis Ford is with the department and says eligibility requirements are pretty simple.

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KCUR News
5:18 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Kinder Sues To Block Federal Health Care Law

Cape Girardeau, MO – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a personal legal challenge to the federal health care overhaul law today in Cape Girardeau.

The state of Missouri is not suing the federal government. Rather, Kinder is bringing the lawsuit as a private citizen and in his capacity as Lieutenant Governor. He is relying on private donors to fund the challenge, though he did not specify his contributors.

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KCUR News
4:34 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Lawsuit Challenges Health Care Referendum

Jefferson City, MO – A lawsuit has been filed in Jefferson City that's designed to stop the August 3rd referendum on Missouri's participation in the new national health care law. The referendum was approved by the Missouri House and Senate this year, and it states that citizens cannot be forced to buy health insurance against their will.

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KCUR News
10:31 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Disability, Mental Health Providers Deal With Reduced State Funds

Kansas City, MO – Psychologists, in-home care providers for the disabled, and drug abuse counselors in Missouri are facing a two percent payment reduction from the state. Last week, Governor Jay Nixon announced the move as part of a response to declining revenues.

Alan Flory is head of Rediscover, a community mental health center in Jackson County. He says there's no simple answer to the state's fiscal situation, but he says the reduction now means Rediscover will have less ability to respond to people in need of immediate help.

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