Cost Of KanCare Expansion Debated Ahead Of Key Vote, By Jim McLean, March 22, 2017
Kansas Congressman Questions Need To Care For Poor, Touts High-Risk Pools, By Jim McLean, March 08, 2017
Midsession Checkup: Which Health Bills Have A Shot In Kansas?, By Meg Wingerter, March 06, 2017
Twenty percent Kansas nursing homes on violation ’red-flag’ list, By Tim Carpenter, March 06, 2017
KanCare Expansion Supporters Muscle Bill Through Kansas House, By Jim McLean, February 23, 2017
What’s The Matter With KanCare? Challenges On Four Fronts, By Andy Marso, February 22, 2017
Kansas still studying fiscal effect of expanding Medicaid, Allison Kite, Associated Press, February 14, 2017
KanCare Expansion Advocates Stage Statehouse Rally And Pack Hearing, By Jim McLean, February 09, 2017
Federal Officials Evaluating Plan To Fix KanCare Disability Services, By Andy Marso, February 02, 2017
KanCare reform measures grab attention of House, Senate committees, By Jonathan Shorman, January 31, 2017
Push to change KanCare starts; budget director plans to testify against bill, By Hunter Woodall, January 31, 2017
KanCare Expansion Supporters Tout New Poll Ahead Of Hearings, By Jim McLean, January 31, 2017
Bill Would Allow Medicaid Funding For Mental Health ‘Clubhouse’ Programs, By Meg Wingerter, January 27, 2017
Dental Care Provider Halts Services At Kansas Nursing Homes Amid Medicaid Backlog, By Andy Marso, January 24, 2017
Advocates, recipients react to Kansas officials’ pushback against federal KanCare report, By McKenna Harford, Special to The Capital-Journal, January 23, 2017
Lawmakers Seek Answers After KanCare Extension Denial, By Andy Marso, January 19, 2017
Uncertainty looms over health care policy as lawmakers prepare for session, By Jonathan Shorman, January 05, 2017
Schmidt returns to top spot on Kansas Senate health committee, By Andy Marso, December 14, 2016
Reversing Medicaid cut a priority going into session, By Andy Marso, December 12, 2016
KanCare renewal efforts slow in anticipation of federal changes, By Jim McLean, November 18, 2016
Report questions health claims of Medicaid privatization in Kansas, By Tim Carpenter, November 17, 2016
Kansas mental health centers preparing to push lawmakers for solutions, By Jim McLean, November 16, 2016
Kansas Medicaid backlog concerns persist during open enrollment, By Andy Marso, November 14, 2016
State seeks Kansans with physical disabilities dropped from wait list, By Andy Marso, November 11, 2016
Federal officials question Kansas disability support policies, By Andy Marso, October 24, 2016
Transitional care program aims to ease pressures at Osawatomie State Hospital, By Meg Wingerter, October 17, 2016
Medicaid payment change affects disability services network, Andy Marso, October 13, 2016
Need Disability Help In Kansas? Thousands Wait An Average Of Seven Years, By Alex Smith, October 11, 2016
Topeka Metro Offers Free Rides on Election Day, From the Topeka Metro, October, 10, 2016
Candidates say Legislature could revisit KanCare carve-out, By Andy Marso, October 06, 2016
Legislative candidates urge reform of state's Medicaid income limits, By Tim Carpenter, October 05, 2016
National meeting on Medicaid managed care to include focus on KanCare, By Jim McLean, September 26, 2016
After Medicaid cuts, top Kansas dentist drops two KanCare insurers, By Andy Marso, September 26, 2016
Legislative auditors can’t confirm Medicaid backlog numbers, By Andy Marso, September 21, 2016
Kansas mental health centers face new budget realities, By Megan Hart, September 15, 2016
Hospital closure has some southeast Kansas candidates rethinking Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, September 06, 2016
Psychiatric care elusive for developmentally disabled Kansans, By Andy Marso, August 31, 2016
KNI dental clinic continues non-resident services despite budget cuts, By Andy Marso, August 29, 2016
Local nonprofit organizations partner to serve people with disabilities, By Angela Deines, August 22, 2016
KDADS report shows little change in developmental disabilities wait list, By Megan Hart, August 17, 2016
Brownback to seek increase in hospital tax to restore Medicaid cuts, By Jim McLean, August 17, 2016
Dental surgeon says low Medicaid reimbursements hurting disabled Kansans, By Andy Marso, August 09, 2016
Community mental health centers report issues with Medicaid payments, By Megan Hart, August 04, 2016
Lawmakers set to examine KanCare issues amid frustration, By Jonathan Shorman, July 30, 2016
Senior care reduced in three-county area after cut, By Marcus Clem, July 30, 2016
Federal officials hear KanCare concerns as renewal looms, By Andy Marso, July 26, 2016
Youth interns look to amp up the experience at the zoo for every guest, By Lindsay Sax, July 22, 2016
Disability Rights Center asks for Medicaid backlog records, By Andy Marso, July 11, 2016
Parsons transfers highlight shortage of disability services, By Andy Marso, July 08, 2016
Budget cuts ‘devastating’ Kansas mental health system, providers say, By Jim McLean, July 07, 2016
Kansas hospitals seek federal intervention to stop Medicaid cuts, By Jim McLean, June 30, 2016
Kansas Medicaid backlog now quadruple what state thought, By Gabriella Dunn, June 17, 2016
Upcoming federal rule raises disability integration questions, By Andy Marso, June 16, 2016
Upcoming federal rule raises disability integration questions, By Andy Marso, June 16, 2016
Budget cuts lead to waiting list for senior services, By Andy Marso, June 06, 2016
Revenue shortfall spurs fear of more Medicaid cuts, By Andy Marso, June 01, 2016
Disability service providers await budget change details, By Andy Marso, May 27, 2016
Budget cut to Senior Care Act means cut to senior services, Special to The Hays Daily News, May 24, 2016
State floats possible Medicaid changes to skeptical audience, By Jonathan Shorman, May 24, 2016
Survey: Health care costs are bigger concern for Kansans, By Bryan Thompson, May 23, 2016
Brownback may cut Medicaid reimbursement rates, lawmakers and lobbyists say, By Bryan Lowry and Gabriella Dunn, The Wichita Eagle, May 17, 2016
Medicaid expansion advocates set sights on elections, By Andy Marso, May 09, 2016
Kansas lawmakers narrowly pass budget fix, adjourn, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, May 01, 2016
Budget proviso would delay Medicaid waiver integration, By Andy Marso, April 30, 2016
Senate health negotiators focus on step therapy, welfare reform bills, By Megan Hart, April 27, 2016
Kansas to delay consolidation of 7 programs providing home services for disabled, By John Hanna, The Associated Press, April 26, 2016
Clients say turnover hinders regional DCF office for disabled employment, By Andy Marso, April 25, 2016
Advocates urge Kansas to eliminate Medicaid backlog, By Andy Marso, April 15, 2016
Seniors Ride Free During Month of May at Topeka Metro, From the Topeka Metro, April 2016
Behind the backlog: The problem-plagued rollout of KEES, By Andy Marso, April 11, 2016
Kansas disability advocates seek Sen. Roberts’ support of federal bill, By Megan Hart, April 05, 2016
Brownback administration sends mixed messages on waiver integration, By Andy Marso, April 01, 2016
Legislators refining bills on school seclusion, suicide prevention, By Allison Kite, March 24, 2016
Disability advocates seek another delay on Medicaid waiver integration, By Andy Marso, March 02, 2016
Kansas native seeks legislative help to bring adapted sports to universities, By Allison Kite, February 26, 2016
Cost Of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion? $1 Billion And Counting, Kansas Hospitals Say, By Jim McLean, February 22, 2016
AG unit seeks to ‘refocus’ on reports of adult abuse, neglect, By Megan Hart, February 16, 2016
Consultant tells House committee to boost disability employment funding, By Megan Hart, February 11, 2016
Proposal Aims To Keep Kansas Mental Patients Out Of Jail, Courts And Emergency Rooms, By Tammy Worth, Heartland Health Monitor, February 09, 2016
Bill would further limit use of seclusion, restraint in schools, By Allison Kite, February 09, 2016
Mosier: KDHE open to ideas to mitigate Medicaid backlog, By Andy Marso, February 05, 2016
Bill allowing ‘fail first’ policy for Medicaid drugs headed to Senate, By Megan Hart, February 04, 2016
First Confirmed Influenza Cases of 2015-2016 Season Identified in Kansas, From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), February 04, 2016
Problems with Medicaid eligibility system leave Kansans without care, By Andy Marso, February 01, 2016
Bill would require KanCare patients, doctors to first try lower-cost drugs, By Megan Hart, January 27, 2016
Disability group: Stop citing waiting lists to oppose Medicaid expansion, By Andy Marso, January 21, 2016
KDADS, Keck move forward on Medicaid waiver integration, By Andy Marso, January 21, 2016
LIEAP Application Period Opens Tuesday 1/15/2016, From the Kansas Department for Childern and Families (DCF), January 2016
Lawmakers consider controversial changes to reduce KanCare drug costs, By Jim McLean, December 30, 2015
Federal mental health reform bill raises civil rights questions, By Andy Marso, December 23, 2015
Mental health system at crossroads as session approaches, By Andy Marso, December 21, 2015
Osawatomie State Hospital facing loss of Medicare funds, By Daniel Salazar, The Wichita Eagle, December 18, 2015
Topeka's Marian Clinic, after 27 years, to end medical services Dec. 31, By the Topeka Capital-Journal, December 16, 2015
Kansas Medicaid Applicants Face Delays After Rollout Of New Computer System, By Andy Marso, December 14, 2015
Report says Medicaid expansion would pay for itself, By Jim McLean, December 08, 2015
Navigators help Kansans with health insurance enrollment, By Bryan Thompson, November 25, 2015
Medicaid expansion supporters booted from health committee, By Jim McLean and Andy Marso, November 11, 2015
Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries, By Public Information Officer Kevin Doel, Office of the State Fire Marshal, October 27, 2015
Minimum wage ruling prompts KDADS request for additional funding, By Dave Ranney, October 15, 2015
Area Agencies on Aging say KDADS policy change will reduce services for seniors, By Dave Ranney, October 09, 2015
Kansas hospital closure sparks war of words on Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, October 06, 2015
Disability community abuzz about waiver integration, By Andy Marso, September 30, 2015
Proposal would create ‘receiving center’ treatment option for mental health patients, By Dave Ranney, September 17, 2015
Topeka Metro begins Transitioning All Routes to Designated Stops, From the Topeka Metro, September 08, 2015
Advisory committee begins review of Medicaid mental health drugs, By Dave Ranney, September 01, 2015
State officials: Combining Medicaid waivers not about money, By Andy Marso, August 25, 2015
Advocacy group to share concerns about KanCare grievance process, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 20, 2015
Kansans with disabilities say employment remains an issue, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 13, 2015
KDHE, KDADS schedule public forums on HCBS Waiver Integration Project, From KDADS and KDHE, August 04, 2015
Panel finds that the Kansas mental health system is inadequate, jeopardizing patients and the public, By Dave Helling, Kansas City Star, July 29, 2015
Topeka Metro Service Updates Begin Saturday, August 1st, From the Topeka Metro, July 29, 2015
Physical disability waiting list dwindles amid questions, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, July 20, 2015
Kobach urges Congress to ratify controversial health compact, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, July 13, 2015
Is Kansas Mental Health System Near Breaking Point?, By Dave Ranney, Heartland Health Monitor, June 29, 2015
The National Council on Disability Invites You to a KanCare Public Hearing Engaging Disability Leadership Representatives, From the National Council on Disability (NCD), June 2015
Kansas budget director: State budget cuts could trigger federal aid cuts, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, June 10, 2015
Lawyers offer free legal advice in Topeka, by phone, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 07, 2015
Medicaid expansion discussion in Kansas has a new twist, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, May 19, 2015
KanCare anecdotes abound, but clear data harder to find, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, May 04, 2015
Rally urges support for home and community based services, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, May 01, 2015
KanCare companies lose $170 million in program’s first 2 years, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, April 29, 2015
KDHE continues to seek approval of mental health drug bill, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, April 28, 2015
Former candidate for governor leads KanCare-related lawsuit, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, April 13, 2015
Osawatomie State Hospital will lose 60 beds during construction work, By Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star, April 07, 2015
KDADS releases criteria for behavioral health grants, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, April 06, 2015
Kansas doctors partnering to reduce Medicare costs, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 03, 2015
Changes to mental health drugs, KanCare committee advance, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, March 31, 2015
Kansas debates regulation of mental health drugs for Medicaid patients, By Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, March 08, 2015
Kansas House leaders reluctantly agree to Medicaid expansion hearing, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, February 26, 2015
Bill to increase nursing home staffing requirements resurfaces, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, February 17, 2015
Kansas Mission of Mercy reveals ongoing need for dental care, By Bryan Thompson, Heartland Health Monitor, February 17, 2015
Many helped at Kansas Mission of Mercy, By Tim Horan, Hays Daily Newsl, February 15, 2015
Threatened with loss of federal funding, Kansas makes changes at Osawatomie State Hospital, By Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star, February 13, 2015
Parents call for broader protection of disabled children, By Austin Fisher, Topeka Capital-Journal, February 10, 2015
DCF central office, learning center moving to downtown office building, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, January 30, 2015
Former Libertarian candidate says he can save KanCare money, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, January 27, 2015
Kansas Advocates for Better Care releases nursing home ranking, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, January 20, 2015
Brownback budget includes Medicaid changes, tobacco tax increase, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, January 16, 2015
Legislative committee begins Medicaid expansion hearings, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, January 14, 2015
Brownback touts 'healthy families' as key to state's success, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, January 12, 2015
Topeka Metro to Show First New Bus at City Council Meeting, From the Topeka Metro, January 12, 2015
Salvation Army to add Friday sack lunch distribution, By the Topeka Capital-Journal), January 12, 2015
Budget deficit looms for Sam Brownback, Kansas Legislature as 2015 session begins, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, January 10, 2015
Contacting Kansans waiting for disability services remains a challenge, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 22, 2014
Give wisely during holiday season, By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, December 2015
Kansans with disabilities concerned about proposed KanCare changes, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 15, 2014
Metro board members to discuss possible additions in February, By Ann Marie Bush, Topeka Capital-Journal, December 15, 2014
Court, dental programs to help people with mental illnesses, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, December 10, 2014
Federal officials approve KDADS plan at Osawatomie State Hospital, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 05, 2014
KDADS suspends voluntary admissions to Osawatomie State Hospital, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 03, 2014
AARP Kansas to urge passage of caregiver legislation, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, December 01, 2014
New effort to tighten regulation of mental health drugs concerns advocates, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, November 24, 2014
Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, November 19, 2014
Disabilities leader to receive 2014 Dole Leadership Prize, From the University of Kansas, November 19, 2014
Medicaid director to take reins at KDHE temporarily, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, November 13, 2014
Federal grant creates Alternative Sentencing Court in Topeka, By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio, November 10, 2014
Meetings on support programs for Kansans with disabilities set for next week, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, November 07, 2014
Topeka Fire Department Announces New S.A.F.E. Program, From the Topeka Fire Department, October 30, 2014
Health care compact gains attention as campaign issue, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, October 30, 2014
Former executive alleges misconduct by Kansas Medicaid contractor, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, October 28, 2014
Candidates battling for insurance post differ on big issues, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, October 27, 2014
Governor Sam Brownback and state agencies take steps to protect Kansans from possibility of Ebola, From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), October 20, 2014
KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, October 20, 2014
Insurance commissioner candidates split on health compact, By Jonathan Shorman, Topeka Capital-Journal, October 19, 2014
Measles, pertussis vex Kansas health workers as Ebola steals headlines, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, October 15, 2014
C-J voters guide released online, includes candidate videos, By Adam Vlach, Topeka Capital-Journal, August 21, 2014
Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, October 08, 2014
State losing ground in efforts to help disabled land jobs, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, October 07, 2014
KDADS analysis identifies 11 communities with greater mental health needs, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, September 18, 2014
Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, September 11, 2014
Early signs show promise for Rainbow Mental Health Facility, officials say, By Mike Sherry, KHI News Service, September 10, 2014
MCOs continue to lose money in KanCare's second year, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, September 09, 2014
Respiratory virus first reported in KC kids now suspected in 12 states, By Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star, September 09, 2014
Ottawa shooting renews focus on crisis intervention training, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, September 04, 2014
Switch to KanCare complicates Medicaid fraud detection, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 29, 2014
Kansas mental health system under increasing stress, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 18, 2014
HCBS? This Matters to You!, August 2014
Fallout continues from incident at Andover care facility, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, June 23, 2014
Kansas Rehabilitation Services (KRS) Public Hearing of the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services Update, June 20th at 2pm, From Kansas Rehabilitation Services (KRS), June 09, 2014
Wichita VA hospital ‘placed veterans at risk,’ senators are told, By Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle, June 02, 2014
Medicaid expansion supporters stage Statehouse rally, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, May 30, 2014
Governor finds additional $9.5 million for mental health, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, May 28, 2014
Kansas official touts Medicaid reform under KanCare, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 29, 2014
HCBS Program Lunch and Learn Bi-Weekly Calls for Consumers, By Kerrie Bacon, KanCare Ombudsman, April 25, 2014
TILRC celebrates spring's arrival with picnic at Gage Park, From the TILRC Recreation Committee, April 25, 2014
Brownback to propose more funding for waiting lists, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 25, 2014
Report: Medicaid expansion would boost Kansas economy, By KHI News Service, April 22, 2014
Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, April 21, 2014
Brownback signs bill saying Medicaid expansion decision rests with Legislature, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, April 18, 2014
Managed care program for elderly to expand in Kansas, By Dave Ranney,KHI News Service, April 14, 2014
Cancer doctor and clinic agree to pay $2.9 million to settle federal whistleblower lawsuit, By Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star, April 15, 2014
Free tax preparation programs available in Shawnee County, By Topeka Capital-Journal, March 31, 2014
Shawnee County ranks low among state health ratings, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 26, 2014
Senate approves 'prompt pay' bill with Medicaid expansion kicker, By KHI News Service, March 26, 2014
Big Tent Coalition complains of waiting list and KanCare problems, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 20, 2014
Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC) accepting applications for commissioner positions, From the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC), March 18, 2014
Brownback says now not the time to expand Medicaid, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 13, 2014
KABVI offers scholarships to visually impaired students enrolled in higher ed, From the Kansas Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (KABVI), March 2014
Proposal mandating insurance coverage of autism takes shape in Kansas, By Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, March 09, 2014
Kansas Mental Health Advocacy Day, March 13, 2014, From Mental Health America of the Heartland, March 06, 2014
KDADS to host Listening Sessions on waiver renewal for Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) HCBS Program, From the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), March 05, 2014
Proposed Medicaid waiver changes get chilly reception at Topeka forum, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, Febuary 27, 2014
Insurance commissioner weighs in on health care compact bill, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, February 26, 2014
Poll finds widespread Kansas support for Medicaid expansion, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, February 26, 2014
KDADS seeks public input on Medicaid HCBS waiver renewal, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, Febuary 25, 2014
MCO prompt pay bill advances; fluoride measure squelched, By Jim McLean and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, February 24, 2014
Senate approves bill stiffening Medicaid fraud penalties, By KHI News Service, February 19, 2014
Late KanCare payment penalization has universal support, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, February 17, 2014
Leavitt report: Kansas lawmakers remain cool to Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, February 17, 2014
Dentists: We can't serve all the Medicaid patients, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, February 15, 2014
KDADS developing online 'report card' for measuring nursing home quality, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, February 13, 2014
Commissioner questioned about ACA’s impact on insurance companies, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, February 11, 2014
Medicaid expansion options detailed in Leavitt report, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, February 03, 2014
Volunteers offer help preparing taxes around Topeka, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, February 02, 2014
Advocates for the disabled dread KanCare shift from Medicaid to managed care, By Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, February 01, 2014
Medicaid deal applies target to Kansas waiting lists, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, January 31, 2014
Statewide Independent Living Council currently seeking new board members, From the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK), January 28, 2014
Harvard researcher will share findings on Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, January 24, 2014
Rainbow Mental Health Facility in KCK will become a ‘port of calm’ for people in crisis, By Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star, January 23, 2014
Corrections officials seek funding to treat more mentally ill inmates, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, January 23, 2014
AARP Kansas expresses support for Medicaid expansion, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, January 22, 2014
KanCare Primed for Feb. 1 Implementation of I/DD Services, From the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), January 17, 2014
KanCare oversight committee develops recommendations, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, January 13, 2014
Kansas to get $10.8 million Medicaid bonus from feds, By KHI News Service, January 02, 2014
Kansas hospitals want to hit ‘reset’ button on Medicaid expansion debate, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, Decemer 23, 2013
Funding cuts threaten to hinder those who help others, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, December 17, 2013
National Council on Disability urges one-year delay of KanCare DD carve-in, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, December 13, 2013
KDADS chief describes lessons learned with KanCare, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, December 05, 2013
Public interest group criticizes privatization, KanCare, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 04, 2013
Prairie Village man invites Gov. Brownback to work caregiver shift in his home, By the Prairie Village Post, December 04, 2013
KanCare reimbursement problems continue for providers, By Phil Cauthon, KHI News Service, November 25, 2013
Man with disability says KanCare changes threaten life, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, November 25, 2013
Shawnee County Health Agency Clearing Up ACA Confusion, By WIBW TV News, November 19, 2013
Director of Kansas Health Consumer Coalition leaving for new job, By KHI News Service, November 15, 2013
Cost of Health Insurance in the Kansas Marketplace, By KHI News Service, November 15, 2013
Kansas groups get grants for mental health services, By KHI News Service, November 05, 2013
New Labor Department rule rattles disabled community, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, October 28, 2013
Administration officials take aim at underserved waiting list, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, October 22, 2013
Mental health center association names new director, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, October 21, 2013
TILRC and SHICK partner for benefits forum, October 17, 2013
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas program looking for next contender, By Topeka Capital-Journal, October 13, 2013
Prairie Village man fighting KanCare service reduction, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, October 07, 2013
National Disability Councils cancels Kansas Statehouse meeting, By KHI News Service, October 04, 2013
Topeka Metro celebrates 40 years providing bus service,By Samantha Foster, Topeka Capital-Journal, October 01, 2013
Work in progress: KanCare problems persist for providers, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, September 23, 2013
Analysis: Another Kansas debate over Medicaid likely, By John Hanna (AP), Topeka Capital-Journal, September 22, 2013
Fall Fun with the TILRC Recreation Committee, September 20, 2013
Mass shootings present opportunity to improve mental health care, officials say, By Phil Cauthon, KHI News Service, September 18, 2013
KanCare Educational Activities for Intellectual and Developmental Disability HCBS Inclusion, From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), September 13, 2013
Kansas insurance commissioner embarks on ACA education tour, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, September 17, 2013
High-tech gear helps disabled live independent, healthier lives, By Phil Cauthon, KHI News Service, September 13, 2013
Kansas unveils initiative for disabled job seekers, By John Hanna (AP), Topeka Capital-Journal, September 13, 2013
Wichita hospital execs describe problems with KanCare, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 29, 2013
Long-time director resigns mental health association post, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 27, 2013
Final member appointed to KanCare oversight committee, By KHI News Service, August 23, 2013
Public-private effort hopes to increase employment of people with disabilities, By Jerry Siebenmark, The Wichita Eagle, August 22, 2013
Michael Lechner Advocacy Award Nominations Being Taken, From the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC), August 21, 2013
Future of Kansas Transportation Summit to be held at Emporia State University, From the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), August 07, 2013
House names three KanCare oversight committee members, By KHI News Service, August 05, 2013
Grassroots Advocacy Network: Kansas Voices for Mental Health, Sponsored by the Kansas Mental Health Coalition With Participation from the Big Tent Coalition
Mental health initiative underfunded, say officials, By Mike Sherry, KHI News Service, July 29, 2013
Local organizations work to keep older residents in the home, By Giles Bruce, Lawrence Journal-World, July 16, 2013
KanCare to adopt "health home" model for treating mentally ill, By Mike Sherry and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, July 22, 2013
Topeka nursing home to close after state pulls license, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, July 18, 2013
Governor names members of mental health task force, By KHI News Service, July 10, 2013
State seeking public comment on proposed KanCare changes, By KHI News Service, June 27, 2013
Public Comment Hearing on DRC Priorities & Objectives, From the Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC), June 2013
Kansas Housing to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Moderate Income Housing Program, From the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), June 2013
Payroll agents for the disabled on Medicaid say they are struggling, By Dave Ranney and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, June 03, 2013
Personal Care Attendants: KanCare's unheralded workers, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, May 20, 2013
TILRC Recreation Committee enjoys year's first fishing outing, From the TILRC Recreation Committee, May 17, 2013
Lawmakers: KanCare for developmentally disabled or $4 million cut, By Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, May 09, 2013
Governor's Mental Health Initiative Regional Stakeholder Meetings, From the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), May 08, 2013
More than 1,000 rally at Statehouse for DD carve-out, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, May 08, 2013
Disability advocates talk about divvying new funds, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 06, 2013
Notice of public hearing for the 2014-2016 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), May 29, 2013, From Kansas Rehabilitation Services (KRS), April 30, 2013
Governor's plan would take 600 off waiting lists for social services, By Dave Ranney and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, April 29, 2013
Metro Public Service Recognition Week, May 6th – May 11th, From Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (The Metro), April 29, 2013
New law allows AG to reward those who report Medicaid fraud, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, April 26, 2013
Spokesman: Without additional funding mental health centers can't do more, By Dave Ranney and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, April 25, 2013
Mental health experts wary of Gov's proposed task force, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 24, 2013
DD advocates intensifying effort for KanCare "carve-out", By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, April 22, 2013
Topeka Metro on pace to be below budget for FY 2013, By Ann Marie Bush, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 22, 2013
Governor to propose spending to reduce social service waiting lists, By Dave Ranney and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, April 19, 2013
Annual Insurance Update Examines Health Insurance Coverage in Kansas, From the Kansas Health Institute, April 17, 2013
Arguments heard in effort to reopen pharmacist’s drug dilution civil cases, By Mark Morris, Kansas City Star, April 16, 2013
Kansans encouraged to turn in unused prescription drugs, By KHI News Service, April 15, 2013
Medicaid expansion advocates setting sights on next year, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, April 15, 2013
Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Expands To Wichita, By Bryan Thompson, KMUW Wichita Public Radio, April 12, 2013
Pretty Prairie woman convicted of federal health care fraud, The Hutchinson News, April 03, 2013
KDADS considering overhaul of state hospitals' role, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, April 02, 2013
Medicaid holes: Topeka family lives amid insurance crisis, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 27, 2013
Senate panel approves bill altering CDDO functions, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, March 21, 2013
DCF Awards $1.2 Million in Grants to Benefit Blind/Visually Impaired Older Adults, From the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DFC), March 21, 2013
Topeka Candidates Chat, March 25th at the Library!, From Community Resources Council, March 20, 2013
Statehouse event draws about 400 mental health advocates, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, March 14, 2013
State launches program aimed at boosting employment of the disabled, By KHI News Service, March 14, 2013
Service groups oppose proposed change to DD care system, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, March 12, 2013
More than 30 Kansas groups pushing for Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, March 12, 2013
Mental health advocates to meet with legislators Thursday, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 08, 2013
Medicaid expansion supporters to step up lobbying efforts, By KHI News Service, March 07, 2013
House gives tentative nod to nursing home bed tax extension, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 06, 2013
HB 2673 would create a Medicaid provider assessment on nursing facilities in Kansas. Revenue from the assessment would be used to finance initiatives to maintain or improve the quality and quantity of care in Kansas in both nursing facilities and HCBS Waiver Programs. TILRC testified in favor of increasing the amount of revenue raised by the tax that goes to HCBS programs to 20%.
Update of the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (HB 2533) - This bill would amend the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (KAAD) in order to align the KAAD with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. The ADAAA makes important changes to the definition of the term "disability" by rejecting the holdings in several Supreme Court decisions and portions of EEOC's ADA regulations. These changes make it easier for an individual seeking protection under the ADA to establish that he or she has a disability within the meaning of the ADA.
The Community Attendant Worker Act (SB 566) - This bill from the 2007/2008 Session asks for a study to be conducted that will provide annual reports to the legislature detailing the amount of funding needed to properly compensate attendants for work and mileage as well as how to provide attendants access to quality, affordable health insurance. (Although SB 566 do not pass this session, SRS plans to include the study called for in the legislation as part of a study on systems capacity building funded through the Systems Transformation Grant)
AARP Kansas is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.
Assistive Technology for Kansans connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.
The Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas Inc. advances the interest of CMHCs and the individuals they serve. The primary goal of CMHCs is to provide quality care, treatment and rehabilitation to individuals with mental health problems in the least restrictive environment. The CMHCs provide services to all those needing it, regardless of economic level, age or type of illness.
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri. Services are offered free of charge to anyone in our listening area who is unable to read normal printed material.
The Big Tent Coalition is a coalition of social service providers in Kansas.
Community Supports and Services (CSS) manages a system of community based supports and services for persons with disabilities. Those supports and services, are delivered in partnerships with organized networks and funded through a variety of federal, state, local, and private sources. Community service providers reflect a variety of private not-for-profit and for-profit organizations as well as governmental entities.
KDHE Division of Health Care Finance (formerly Kansas Health Policy Authority) is the principal health care agency for the state of Kansas. DHCF serves as the single state Medicaid agency in Kansas and is responsibel for administering the medical portion of the Kansas Medicaid program, as well as the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP, also known as "HealthWave"); MediKan, which provides coverage for certain low-income, disabled Kansans; the State Employee Health Program; and the State Self-Insurance Fund
Envision is a private, not-for-profit agency uniquely combining employment opportunities with rehabilitation services and public education. Our Mission To enhance the personal independence of individuals whose blindness or low vision, often accompanied by other disabilities, impacts their opportunities for employment, success, and integration into community life.
Kansas Donated Dental Services is a project initiated by the National Foundation for Dentistry for the Handicapped and the Kansas Dental Association. Its purpose is to provide free, comprehensive care for people who are permanently disabled, elderly and medically compromised who are unable to afford dental care. The Kansas dentists volunteering for DDS donate services in their own offices. Dental laboratories contribute services.
Families Together is the Parent Training and Information center serving Kansas families who include a son/daughter with disabilities. We train and inform parents and professionals, help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities, work to improve education results for all children, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.
The Gallaudet University Regional Center at Johnson County Community College offers extension courses, training workshops and technical assistance to address the educational, transition, and professional development needs from birth through adulthood of deaf and hard of hearing people, their families and professionals who work with them.
Official website for the Governor of Kansas.
KanCare is the program through which the State of Kansas administers Medicaid. Kansas has contracted with three managed care organizations (MCOs), to coordinate health care for nearly all Medicaid beneficiaries. The KanCare health plans are Amerigroup of Kansas, Inc. (Amerigroup), Sunflower State Health Plan (Sunflower), and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas (United).
Kansas.gov is the official website for the State of Kansas.
Kansas Action Network, Inc. or KAN, is a broad based coalition for workers' rights, social justice and economic fairness seeking a common ground in the pursuit of a just society. We call upon our common values in order to educate, organize and mobilize on issues that will improve the working and living conditions for all men, women, and children in Kansas.
The Kansas Assistive Technology Co-Operative (KATCO) provides Kansans with disabilities and their families access to financial resources for acquiring assistive technology. Families on fixed incomes, or who have credit problems related to disabilities, may qualify for loans. KATCO offers assistance with a combination of education, savings and low interest borrowing.
The Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL), represents 12 Centers for Independent Living (CILs). Centers provide services to people with disabilities of all ages. Centers for Independent Living also provide assistance to businesses and all other entities in the community to assist them in offering services to people with disabilities. We advocate at a state and national level for the rights of all people with disabilities to live in the communities of their choice.
The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) is the state Primary Care Association (PCA) and is charged with providing training, technical assistance to, and advocacy on behalf of, federally-funded Community Health Centers in Kansas. KAMU's Mission is to promote access to high quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive, cost effective primary health care services for the medially underserved in the state, regardless of ability to pay.
The Kansas Attorney General's Office, promoting human dignity through justice with compassion and professional excellence.
The Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing advocates for and facilitates equal access to quality, coordinated and comprehensive services that enhance the quality of life for Kansans who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) optimizes the promotion and protection of the health of Kansans through efficient and effective public health programs and services and through preservation, protection and remediation.
The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation mission is to enhance Kansas communities with housing opportunities. This goal is achieved through using a variety of strategies and approaches, including increasing homeownership opportunities, leveraging the construction of more affordable rental housing, preserving existing housing through rehabilitation, promoting energy efficiency improvements for owner-occupied and rental housing, providing affordable housing through rent assistance to low-income families and senior citizens, and creating housing opportunities for previously underserved persons and communities.
The Kansas Human Rights Commission investigates complaints alleging discrimination and conducts public education programs designed to prevent discrimination.
The Kansas Commmision on Disability Concerns (KCDC) - An information and referral office, providing technical assistance on civil rights and legislative issues.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services(KDADS) - is responsible for overseeing and administering the state’s Older American’s Act programs, behavioral health programs, home and community based services (HCBS) for older adults and persons with disabilities, the management and oversight of five state hospitals, survey and certification for adult care homes and the distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) - is responsible for overseeing and administering children and adult protection services, adoption services, foster care support, child support services, welfare (including Medicaid) and food assistance programs, as well as services dedicated to vocational rehabilitation.
The Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) empowers students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to assume responsible roles in society and to lead fulfilling lives. KSSB strives to establish partnerships with parents, school districts, and community resources to promote access to a high quality education for all Kansas students with visual impairments, regardless of where they attend school.
The Kansas State School for the Deaf provides a barrier-free communication environment which fosters early, fluent communication and on-going fluent communication as a means of broadening horizons and maximizing possibilities.
The Kansas Talking Book Service provides free home delivery of library resources designed to meet the cultural and recreational needs of Kansas citizens unable to use standard print because of a visual or physical impairment.
The Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program is designed to assess, plan, develop and provide VR services to eligible individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice. By providing services in this way, the VR program enables individuals with disabilities to prepare for and engage in gainful employment.
Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) promotes and supports the development of youth with disabilities so they become empowered as community leaders through education, mentoring, and peer support.
The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum is a motivational five day forum in which a group of about 30-40 high school juniors and seniors, with various disabilities, come together to learn about leadership, advocacy, and goal setting. Through various small and large sessions, delegates are able to interact with, and learn from each other and successful adults with disabilities. Small sessions give delegates the opportunity to share experiences and explore personal leadership and career plans. Large sessions involve speakers in the community who address everything from resources to assistive technology, from disability history to adaptive recreation.
Keys for Networking, Inc. is a non-profit, 501©3 organization providing information, support, and training to families in Kansas whose children who have educational, emotional, and/or behavioral problems.
KSHousingSearch.org is a housing locator service, sponsored by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which provides detailed information on affordable rental housing available throughout Kansas and allows people to locate housing that best fits their individual needs. The site can be accessed online 24 hours a day and is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844, M-F, 9-8 EST.
Mission of Mercy program, sponsored by the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, is an annual event that provides free dental care to all patients on a first come-first served basis after first receiving a health screen prior to a dental assessment.
The Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas or SACK, is the statewide self-advocate group. SACK is made up of over 20 member local self-advocate groups from all over Kansas. What is a self-advocate group? A self-advocate group is a civic organization for adults with developmental disabilities. The purpose of self-advocate groups is to provide leadership experience, community involvement opportunities and to support the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community.
Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues.
The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas develops a State Independent Living Plan through external input, which ensures independent living for Kansans, advocates for the accomplishment of the State Plan objectives, monitors, reviews, and evaluates the implementation of the plan and is a statewide catalyst for independent living.
Topeka Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Advisory Council supports the civil rights of and full integration into Topeka community life for all people with disabilities by working toward providing full access to facilities, programs, services, activities and employment.
The Cost of Untreated Mental Illness in Greater Kansas City, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, February 2012 - Approximately one in every 10 adults in the Greater Kansas City area has a serious mental illness (SMI).Without treatment, SMI can lead to unemployment, increased hospital and emergency room use, incarceration, suicide, and early death due to chronic medical conditions. An economic model was developed by The HSM Group, Ltd. to quantify the costs of untreated SMI among adults. (Cost of Untreated Mental Illness in Kansas Factsheet)
The Intersection between Budget Cuts to Services and Civil Rights of People with Disabilities under the “Olmstead” Decision, Presented to: The House Committee on Long Term Care and Aging, Provided by: Mike Oxford, Executive Director, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, January 26, 2010 - This testimony presents a cogent argument regarding the necessity for systematic, comprehensive, long range planning to address the future long term care needs of our state that culminates in the development of an Olmstead Plan for the state of Kansas.
Going Home - Is a booklet about home and community based options to institutional care. It explains how TILRC can help you get the healthcare services and supports you need in your own home and community. (printable version in rtf format)
Legislative Procedure in Kansas, Kansas Legislative Research Department, November 2006
Testimony Presented to the House Committee on Appropriations in Support of and Requesting Consideration of Amendments to HB 2673, By Mike Oxford, TILRC Executive Director, March 9, 2010 - HB 2673 would create a Medicaid provider assessment on nursing facilities in Kansas. Revenue from the assessment would be used to finance initiatives to maintain or improve the quality and quantity of care in Kansas in both nursing facilities and HCBS Waiver Programs.
Testimony addressing House Bill 2656 before the House Committee on Long Term Care and Aging; Bob Bethell, Chair; Presented by Mike Oxford, Executive Director - HB 2656 would transfer all powers, duties and functions of the Adult Protective Services Program (APS) of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) to the Office of the Attorney General as of January 1, 2013.