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A Kansas House committee this week agreed to recommend Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

But the recommendation by the Kansas House Social Services Budget Committee comes with a big caveat: There’s a good chance that some of the projected savings won’t pan out.

“The KDHE budget that we have before us includes some questionable savings,” said the committee’s chairman, Rep. Will Carpenter, a Republican from El Dorado.

Dr. Robert Moser, who resigned last month as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, has a new job.

Earlier this week, Moser was named executive director for the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Bob Hallinan, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed the hiring late Thursday afternoon.

State officials on Wednesday confirmed reports that surveyors with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment were dispatched last week to Osawatomie State Hospital, and that the surveyors in turn summoned the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Sara Belfry, a KDHE spokesperson, said the nature of the surveyors’ concerns will not be made public until after survey findings are reviewed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a process that’s likely to take several days.

State health officials are looking for connections in seven reported cases of kidney failure commonly caused by a type of bacteria sometimes found in food. 

A total of seven cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome have been reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. These cases have not been confirmed yet, according to KDHE spokeswoman Sara Belfry. 

Advocates Still Wary Of Infectious Disease Bill

Apr 17, 2013
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Kansas health officials are trying to assure local health groups that a controversial bill dealing with infectious diseases needed an update to response protocols for occupational exposures. Some HIV advocates, however, aren’t completely sold.

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Kansas health officials have been touring the state this week, holding public education sessions on a plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.

The nation's midsection is a hot spot for influenza right now, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there’s still time to be protected by a flu shot.