Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Heartland Health Monitor
10:43 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Computer System For Kansas Social Services Still Awaits Rollout

A $135 million computer system meant to streamline applications for Kansas social services, including Medicaid, remains without a final “go-live” date more than a year after the rollout was originally scheduled to be completed.

Glen Yancey, chief information officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Tuesday that his staff is “making final assessments” of the readiness the Kansas Eligibility and Enforcement System, or KEES.

Yancey declined to give a rollout target date, though, saying that policymakers above him have to make that call.

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9:18 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Infant Mortality Up Slightly In Kansas Last Year

A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.

Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday. Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003. 

KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says last year’s rate was 6.3 deaths per thousand live births.

“That’s relatively low, but unfortunately it’s up slightly from 2011,” says Moser.

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6:09 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Update: Kansas Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing

Lidor Flickr

Lawmakers could soon take a final vote on a controversial bill updating the state's laws regarding people who may have been exposed to contagious diseases.

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10:27 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Take Up Controversial Infectious Disease Bill


A controversial bill in Kansas that has caused outcry from groups like the National Minority AIDS Council appears to be on track for approval by House and Senate negotiators, paving the way for passage by both chambers.

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4:54 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Norovirus Behind School Closure in Kansas

Norovirus particles seen using transmission electron microscopy.
CDC/Charles D. Humphrey

Kansas health officials say the outbreak of nausea and diarrhea that closed a suburban Kansas City elementary school last week was caused by norovirus.

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6:44 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Tissue Holder Recalled from Overland Park Bed, Bath & Beyond

At some point, a customer may have purchased a metal tissue holder containing low levels of radiation from the Bed, Beth & Beyond at 12035 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

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