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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

KDHE Seeks Comments on KanCare Extension, From KDHE, March 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

Close Vote Expected on KanCare Expansion Bill, By Jim McLean, February 16, 2017

Kansas still studying fiscal effect of expanding Medicaid, Allison Kite, Associated Press, February 14, 2017

More Funding For Mental Health, Disability, Senior Services In Kansas: None Of The Above?, By Meg Wingerter, February 10, 2017

KanCare Expansion Advocates Stage Statehouse Rally And Pack Hearing, By Jim McLean, February 09, 2017

Plan To Restore KanCare Cuts Comes With Delay, By Andy Marso, February 08, 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

Facing skeptical lawmakers, state officials strike at critical KanCare report, By Jonathan Shorman, January 23, 2017

Lawmakers Seek Answers After KanCare Extension Denial, By Andy Marso, January 19, 2017

KanCare extension denied after scathing review finds noncompliance with federal law, By Jonathan Shorman, January 18, 2017

Brownback Budget Sets Up Fight With Legislature, By Andy Marso, January 11, 2017

Uncertainty looms over health care policy as lawmakers prepare for session, By Jonathan Shorman, January 05, 2017

Kansas Medicaid application backlog climbs again, By Andy Marso, December 19, 2016

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

Kansas’ treatment of those with mental illness was a ‘study in neglect’ decades ago, By Jim McLean, October 23, 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

Stormont Vail Health to close two regional clinics due to Medicaid cuts, lack of expansion, By Morgan Chilson, September 15, 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

KanCare rate reduction forums canceled, By Andy Marso, August 17, 2016

State sets meetings on KanCare provider cut, By Andy Marso, August 16, 2016

GraceMed drops Topeka behavioral health services, By Megan Hart, August 09, 2016

Dental surgeon says low Medicaid reimbursements hurting disabled Kansans, By Andy Marso, August 09, 2016

KDADS official says waiting list for Medicaid physical disability services cleared, By Megan Hart, August 05, 2016

Kansas lawmakers grill KDHE secretary, KanCare contractor over backlog: 'This is life and death', By Justin Wingerter, August 04. 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

Added staff, budget aim to help Osawatomie State Hospital ‘turn the corner’, By Megan Hart, July 28, 2016

Federal officials hear KanCare concerns as renewal looms, By Andy Marso, July 26, 2016

Shawnee County Election Office is looking for workers for the upcoming election, By Jared Thompson, July 25, 2016

Youth interns look to amp up the experience at the zoo for every guest, By Lindsay Sax, July 22, 2016

Students audit Topeka Zoo accessibility, By Luke Ranker, July 22, 2016

Loss of KU contract will diminish quality of mental health care, providers say, By Jim McLean, July 11, 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

Lack of Medicaid expansion played 'big' role in decision to sell St. Francis, hospital president says, By Jonathan Shorman, June 29, 2016

Free service that helps people navigate Medicare plans could vanish, By Gabriella Dunn, June 21, 2016

State to withhold $750k from contractor over faulty Medicaid backlog reports, By Jonathan Shorman, June 20, 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

Few paper applications, long call wait times seen as barriers to applying for Medicaid in Kansas, By Jonathan Shorman, May 21, 2016

Brownback may cut Medicaid reimbursement rates, lawmakers and lobbyists say, By Bryan Lowry and Gabriella Dunn, The Wichita Eagle, May 17, 2016

Mental health advocates question drug bill, By Melissa Hellmann, May 15, 2016

State seeks feedback on KanCare, By Andy Marso, May 10, 2016

Medicaid expansion advocates set sights on elections, By Andy Marso, May 09, 2016

KDADS spokeswoman: Waiver integration back soon, By Andy Marso, May 06, 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

Legislators say Brownback administration has agreed to delay waiver integration, By Andy Marso, March 24, 2016

Advocates, committee try to craft consensus to fix Kansas mental health system, By Megan Hart, March 15, 2016

Legislators want to postpone waiver integration, By KHI News Service, March 14, 2016

CMS wants plan to fix KanCare backlog, By Andy Marso, March 11, 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

Senate health committee chairwoman ousted, By Andy Marso, February 14, 2016

Consultant tells House committee to boost disability employment funding, By Megan Hart, February 11, 2016

Senate adds savings report to Medicaid drug bill, By Andy Marso, February 10, 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

Lawmakers press agency leaders for answers to state hospital woes, By Jonathan Shorman, Topeka Capital-Journal, 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

Mental health advocates say Osawatomie troubles may provide chance to revamp system, By Megan Hart, January 05, 2015

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

Brownback names interim KDADS secretary, By KHI News Service, December 10, 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

KDADS secretary to step down, By Kansas Health Institute, November 23, 2015

Medicaid expansion supporters booted from health committee, By Jim McLean and Andy Marso, November 11, 2015

Federal budget deal yields Medicaid savings, By Andy Marso, November 09, 2015

DCF forgoes $15M for disabled employment program, By Dave Ranney, November 04, 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

State delays integration of Medicaid services, By Andy Marso, October 06, 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

Stakeholder Meeting Invitation from Rehabilitation Services Director Michael Donnelly, September 14, 2015

Topeka Metro begins Transitioning All Routes to Designated Stops, From the Topeka Metro, September 08, 2015

KDADS investigates waiting list discrepancy, By Andy Marso, September 04, 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

Proposed KDADS policy changes to the Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Progams could have a profound impact on your lives!, August 18, 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

Deaf Kansans request Medicaid changes, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 03, 2015

Thousands of Kansans mistakenly told they’re off Medicaid, By Peter Hancock, Lawrence Journal-World, July 31, 2015

Whooping cough continues to spread in Reno County, By Bryan Thompson, KHI News Service, July 20, 2015

The Salvation Army in Topeka will receive a shipment of nearly 120 fans to help those in need, From the Topeka Salvation Army, July 31, 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

KanCare not working for people with disabilities, advocates say, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, July 07, 2015

Is Kansas Mental Health System Near Breaking Point?, By Dave Ranney, Heartland Health Monitor, June 29, 2015

Free fans snapped up as weather heats up, By Phil Anderson, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 18, 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

Governor’s office working on $50M in cuts, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, June 16, 2015

Kansas budget director: State budget cuts could trigger federal aid cuts, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, June 10, 2015

Medicaid expansion said to be off the table in tax and budget negotiations, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, June 09, 2015

Lawyers offer free legal advice in Topeka, by phone, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 07, 2015

Lawmaker pushing to include Medicaid expansion in budget negotiations, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, June 02, 2015

Medicaid expansion discussion in Kansas has a new twist, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, May 19, 2015

Topeka nursing home to close in 60 days, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 18, 2015

Mental health drug change goes to governor, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, May 08, 2015

Conference Committee Reaches Agreement on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Bill, From the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, May 08, 2015

Autism coverage changes move forward, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, May 06, 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

Feds warn Kansas: Expand Medicaid or risk losing hospital funds, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, April 22, 2015

Former candidate for governor leads KanCare-related lawsuit, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, April 13, 2015

Mental health needs unmet for many in Kansas, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 11, 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

Funding for mental health advocacy organization issue in budget bill, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 31, 2015

Pedestrian master plan: City takes first step toward selecting improvement projects, By Tim Hrenchir, KHI News Service, March 24, 2015

Senate passes mental health drug compromise, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, March 23, 2015

Dozens march to Capitol to celebrate gains in accessibility for those with disabilities, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 18, 2015

Mental health organizations seek grant protection, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 10, 2015

Kansas debates regulation of mental health drugs for Medicaid patients, By Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, March 08, 2015

Brownback softens stance on Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, March 05, 2015

Primary elections Tuesday to narrow the field in three Topeka City Council races, By Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 01, 2015

Kansas House leaders reluctantly agree to Medicaid expansion hearing, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, February 26, 2015

Senate rejects mental health drug bill, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, February 25, 2015

Action Alert! Kansas House to take action on Restraint and Seclusion Bill this week!, February 25, 2015

More than 2 million in Kansas, Missouri affected by Anthem cyberattack, By Dan Margolies, Heartland Health Monitor, February 23, 2015

Hopes dimming for Medicaid expansion in Kansas, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, February 20, 2015

KDADS to restructure grants for advocacy groups, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, February 18, 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

Mental health providers wary of effort to regulate use of behavioral health drugs, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, January 29, 2015

Kansas hospitals say federal officials willing to negotiate on Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, January 28, 2015

Former Libertarian candidate says he can save KanCare money, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, January 27, 2015

Mosier: KanCare may not need an inspector general, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, January 23, 2015

Kansas Advocates for Better Care releases nursing home ranking, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, January 20, 2015

Ward introduces Medicaid expansion legislation, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, January 20, 2015

Brownback budget includes Medicaid changes, tobacco tax increase, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, January 16, 2015

Brownback proposes hikes in 'sin' taxes, sustains 4 percent agency cuts, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, January 16, 2015

Legislative committee begins Medicaid expansion hearings, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, January 14, 2015

KDADS files Medicaid waiver proposal, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, January 13, 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

KanCare company fires back at ex-employee’s lawsuit over its business practices, By Dan Margolies, Heartland Health Monitor, December 30, 2014

Contacting Kansans waiting for disability services remains a challenge, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 22, 2014

BBB: Top holiday scams, By Better Business Bureau (reprinted from the Topeka Capital-Journal), December 21, 2014

Governor selects Mosier for permanent KDHE post, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, December 19, 2014

Kansas gets low grade for disease preparedness, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 18, 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

Kansas continues to struggle in health rankings, By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio, December 10, 2014

Brownback announces cuts to close budget gap, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service and Mike Sherry, Heartland Health Monitor; December 09, 2014

Federal officials approve KDADS plan at Osawatomie State Hospital, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 05, 2014

KDADS clarifies public comment deadline on waivers for Medicaid-funded services, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, December 04, 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

Medicare termination looms at Osawatomie hospital, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, November 18, 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

Orders being taken for Thanksgiving meal, By Phil Anderson, Topeka Capital-Journal, November 05, 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

Groups agree overuse of antipsychotic drugs an issue in Kansas nursing homes, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, October 23, 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

Tuesday is voter registration deadline, From Topeka Capital-Journal, October 14, 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

Topeka Independent Living Resource Center hosts candidate forum, By Caroline Sweeney, Topeka Capital-Journal, August 21, 2014

Labor Department delays overtime pay for Medicaid home care providers, By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio, October 07, 2014

State losing ground in efforts to help disabled land jobs, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, October 07, 2014

Crisis intervention center to open in Topeka, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, October 01, 2014

Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, September 29, 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

Bruffett confirmed as KDADS chief, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 28, 2014

KanCare payment delays threaten rural hospital, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 27, 2014

Overuse of antipsychotic drugs in some Kansas nursing homes endangering patients, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, August 25, 2014

Kansas governor works to block wage, OT rule for home-care providers, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, August 21, 2014

Topeka Metro wants public input on services, By Vanessa Martinas, Kansas First News, August 20, 2014

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 18, 2014

New federal rules will disrupt care for disabled Kansans, state officials say, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 12, 2014

Topeka Metro to host public meetings in August, From the Topeka Metro, August 11, 2014

Study: Rejection of Medicaid expansion costing Kansas, Missouri hospitals billions, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, August 08, 2014

What's behind jump in rate of uninsured Kansans?, By Dan Margolies, KCUR, August 06, 2014

KDHE launches 'health home' framework for Medicaid enrollees with mental illness, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 04, 2014

HCBS? This Matters to You!, August 2014

Advance voting in the primary election begins, By Nicolette Schleisman, Kansas First News, July 21, 2014

White House study: Kansas losing money, jobs without Medicaid expansion, By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio, July 18, 2014

Kansas health officials work to contain measles outbreak, By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio, July 14, 2014

Colyer urges public to report adult abuse, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, June 25, 2014

Fallout continues from incident at Andover care facility, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, June 23, 2014

Kansas prepares for new federal HCBS rules, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, June 10, 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

Brownback discusses opposition to Medicaid expansion in Heritage Foundation interview, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, June 04, 2014

Wichita VA hospital ‘placed veterans at risk,’ senators are told, By Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle, June 02, 2014

City sees two new Topeka Metro bus shelters, By Ann Marie Bush, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 02, 2014

Medicaid expansion supporters stage Statehouse rally, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, May 30, 2014

Veteran's father fights for more treatment, less jail for mentally ill, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 29, 2014

Governor finds additional $9.5 million for mental health, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, May 28, 2014

KDADS secretary moving to budget office, By Dave Ranney and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, May 20, 2014

CMS fines Andover nursing home after allegations of resident abuse, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, May 14, 2014

Kansas officials say Medicaid enrollment growth expected to continue, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, April 28, 2014

Kansas official touts Medicaid reform under KanCare, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 29, 2014

KanCare companies lost money in first year, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, April 28, 2014

HCBS Program Lunch and Learn Bi-Weekly Calls for Consumers, By Kerrie Bacon, KanCare Ombudsman, April 25, 2014

Brownback proposes more funding for waiting lists, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, 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

Brownback signs health care compact bill, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, April 23, 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

Brownback signs law expanding autism coverage, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, and Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio, April 17, 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

Two Topeka nursing homes have substantially more violations than state average, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 15, 2014

Robert Harder, longest-serving Cabinet secretary in state history, dies at 84, By Eric Smith, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 13, 2014

Senate passes autism bill, By Dave Ranney,KHI News Service, April 02, 2014

Shawnee County, Topeka Police, Valeo join up to hire mental health professional, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 01, 2014

Partnership with Mayo Clinic will allow more people to get care locally, Stormont-Vail says, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 01, 2014

Free tax preparation programs available in Shawnee County, By Topeka Capital-Journal, March 31, 2014

Rental Assistance for Low Income Working Families Available March 31, 2014, From Topeka Housing Authority, March 28, 2014

KABC releases assisted living facility rankings, By Dave Ranney,KHI News Service, March 27, 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

'Enrollment blitz' for health insurance exchange planned for Wednesday, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 25, 2014

Autism bill moves forward in House and Senate, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 21, 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

Praeger: Don't give up on Medicaid expansion, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 18, 2014

State officials trying to clean up waiting lists for home-based Medicaid services, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 13, 2014

Brownback says now not the time to expand Medicaid, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 13, 2014

Auditors suggest possible consolidation of Community Developmental Disability Organizations, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, March 12, 2014

Advocates unhappy with autism bill rewrite, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 10, 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

Legislature still wrestling with bills dealing with health insurance and autism, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 03, 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

Topeka Metro to Launch New “Smart” Fareboxes, By Michelle Hodges, Topeka Metro, February 17, 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

Key legislators cite breakthrough on autism bill, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, February 14, 2014

KanCare health home meetings scheduled, By KHI News Service, February 12, 2014

Website with Medicaid money counter goes live, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, February 12, 2014

Senate bills strike a blow against elder abuse, By Ryan McCarthy, Topeka Capital-Journal, February 12, 2014

Disagreements over autism bill remain unresolved, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, February 11, 2014

Senate denies attempt to restore renters' refund, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, February 11, 2014

Commissioner questioned about ACA’s impact on insurance companies, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, February 11, 2014

KanCare not delivering, By Ken Stephens, The Hutchinson News, February 07, 2014

Autism coverage bill introduced by JOCO lawmaker, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, February 06, 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

Feds approve KanCare DD carve-in, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, January 30, 2014

Statewide Independent Living Council currently seeking new board members, From the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK), January 28, 2014

Topeka buses get smart fare boxes next month, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, January 27, 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

State officials describe intended safeguards for planned KanCare expansion, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, January 22, 2014

AARP Kansas expresses support for Medicaid expansion, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, January 22, 2014

KanCare gets new ombudsman, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, January 21, 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

Hospital officials say refusal to expand Medicaid will hurt their bottom lines, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, January 13, 2014

AG Schmidt to propose tougher Medicaid fraud law, From the Office of the Kansas Attorney General, January 09, 2014

KS Senate president says Medicaid expansion unlikely to gain approval this session, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, January 08, 2014

Kansas to get $10.8 million Medicaid bonus from feds, By KHI News Service, January 02, 2014

DD carve-in not approved for Jan. 1 launch, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, December 27, 2013

Kansas hospitals want to hit ‘reset’ button on Medicaid expansion debate, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, Decemer 23, 2013

Online scams prevalent during holiday season, By Bob Hanson, Director of Communications, Kansas Insurance Department, December 18, 2013

Funding cuts threaten to hinder those who help others, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, December 17, 2013

More than $8 million could be saved at four state hospitals, consultant concludes, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, December 16, 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

Nursing homes feel KanCare and other pressures, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, November 25, 2013

Shawnee County Health Agency Clearing Up ACA Confusion, By WIBW TV News, November 19, 2013

Open enrollment starts for KanCare members, From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), November 19, 2013

Medicaid expansion group renewing lobbying effort, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, November 18, 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

Divided Shawnee County Commission approves cuts to social, elderly services, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, November 14, 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

National Council on Disabilty reschedules Medicaid managed care meetings for December, By KHI News Service, October 23, 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

KanCare officials meet with Big Tent Coalition, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, October 17, 2013

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas program looking for next contender, By Topeka Capital-Journal, October 13, 2013

Visually impaired cafeteria manager relies on service dog to help in travels, By Ann Marie Bush, 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

KanCare oversight committee slated to meet Monday, By KHI News Service, October 01, 2013

Topeka Metro celebrates 40 years providing bus service,By Samantha Foster, Topeka Capital-Journal, October 01, 2013

State officials prepping for DD KanCare expansion, By Mike Sherry, KHI News Service, September 27, 2013

Oct. 1 – Metro FREE Ride Day!, From the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (The Metro), September 25, 2013

Topeka to see new bus shelters next year, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, September 23, 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

Governor touts waiting list reduction plan, By Phil Cauthon, KHI News Service, September 11, 2013

Consultant's report calls for overhaul of state hospital's approach to caring for mentally ill patients, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, September 03, 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

Topeka Metro buses to get new fare boxes, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, August 26, 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

Disabled Kansans take to the lake in Holton, By Nicolette Schleisman, Kansas First News, August 19, 2013

Feds approve Kansas Plan on Aging, By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio, August 16, 2013

Federal grants awarded for Obamacare assistance, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 15, 2013

Advocates allege violation of KanCare terms, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, August 12, 2013

Topeka nursing home loses suit to keep treating Medicare patients, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, August 12, 2013

Kansas parents press for autism insurance, By Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, August 08, 2013

Year's first case of West Nile virus confirmed, By KHI News Service, August 08, 2013

Future of Kansas Transportation Summit to be held at Emporia State University, From the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), August 07, 2013

Year's first case of West Nile virus confirmed, By KHI News Service, August 08, 2013

Mental health groups seek cohesion, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, August 07, 2013

House names three KanCare oversight committee members, By KHI News Service, August 05, 2013

Rainbow mental hospital reopening remains on hold, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 05, 2013

Mental health groups launch advocacy initiative, By KHI News Service, July 31, 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

Anniversary of disability rights law celebrated, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, July 26, 2013

Audit ordered of potential conflicts of interest in DD service delivery, By Phil Cauthon, KHI News Service, July 23, 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

Disability employment an uphill climb, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, July 20, 2013

KDADS seeks input on what to do with Rainbow Mental Health Facility, By KHI News Service, July 19, 2013

Topeka nursing home to close after state pulls license, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, July 18, 2013

Advocates for those with developmental disabilities urge state to abandon proposal, By Scott Rothschild, Lawrence Journal-World, July 16, 2013

Topeka Metro board votes to spend $24,000 to hire brokerage firm, By Ann Marie Bush, Topeka Capital-Journal, July 15, 2013

DD groups largely reconciled to KanCare carve-in, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, July 15, 2013

Governor names members of mental health task force, By KHI News Service, July 10, 2013

Public comment sessions scheduled on proposed Kansas Medicaid changes, By KHI News Service, July 09, 2013

Concern for son spurs KanCare complaint, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, July 07, 2013

Independent pharmacists push for KanCare contract enforcement, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, July 01, 2013

State seeking public comment on proposed KanCare changes, By KHI News Service, June 27, 2013

Disabled KNI patient who got STD after sexual assault gets $100K settlement, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 27, 2013

Governor's mental health initiative taking shape, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, June 26, 2013

Topeka Metro, planning firm look to future, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 26, 2013

Park sidewalks: Commissioners dismayed by lack of communication, By Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 24, 2013

KanCare forum scheduled for Topeka, By KHI News Service, June 19, 2013

KDADS names two new staffers, By KHI News Service, June 19, 2013

Kansas City among sites included in national mental health initiative, By Mike Sherry, KHI News Service, June 14, 2013

Topeka Metro approves $9M budget, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 17, 2013

Regional HHS director meets with Kansas health consumer advocates, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, June 14, 2013

Transit service looks at capital improvements, By Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal, June 10, 2013

State officials submit first quarterly KanCare report to feds, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, June 07, 2013

Larger Kansas FMS providers anxious for clarification on ObamaCare requirements, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, June 03, 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

Kansans with mental illness would benefit from Medicaid expansion, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, May 30, 2013

Coalition urges defeat of diminished tax break on charitable donations, By Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 30, 2013

Personal Care Attendants: KanCare's unheralded workers, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, May 20, 2013

Metro hires planning firm, discusses budget, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 20, 2013

House GOP leaders pen letter backing DD supports in KanCare, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, May 17, 2013

TILRC Recreation Committee enjoys year's first fishing outing, From the TILRC Recreation Committee, May 17, 2013

Governor's mental health initiative panned at Manhattan meeting, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, May 16, 2013

KanCare May Tour, From KanCare, May 13, 2013

Lawmakers: KanCare for developmentally disabled or $4 million cut, By Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, May 09, 2013

National advocate: Managed care can work for disabled, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, 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

KDOT secretary rides Topeka bus system for first time, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 06, 2013

Disability advocates talk about divvying new funds, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 06, 2013

Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK) Seeks Executive Director

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

Advocates for DD carve-out jam Olathe meeting, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, April 29, 2013

Kansas Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) Membership Nominations Are Being Accepted Through May 17, 2013, From the Kansas Department of Education, April 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

Topekans with disabilities seek equal employment, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 20, 2013

Governor to propose spending to reduce social service waiting lists, By Dave Ranney and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, April 19, 2013

Ride the Metro free on Earth Day, April 22nd, From Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (The Metro), April 17, 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

Topeka Metro unveils new paratransit lifts, By Ann Marie Bush, Topeka Capital-Journal, 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

KanCare continuity of care period ends, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, April 08, 2013

Brownback says he's listening to Medicaid expansion proponents, opponents, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, April 05, 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

House speaker pleased with KanCare but doesn't want Medicaid expansion, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, April 01, 2013

Below-average voter turnout forecast for Tuesday, By Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal, April 01, 2013

City committee caps Metro's mill levy at 4.2, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 29, 2013

Advocates raise concerns over possible reductions in KanCare services, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 28, 2013

Conferees agree on KanCare oversight committee, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, March 28, 2013

Medicaid holes: Topeka family lives amid insurance crisis, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 27, 2013

Governor urged to expand Medicaid eligibility, By Jim McLean and Mike Shields, KHI News Service, March 27, 2013

Medicaid expansion coalition plans to deliver petitions to governor, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 26, 2013

Senate president prefers options remain open on Medicaid expansion, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 25, 2013

In their own words: A Q&A with the candidates, By Topeka Capital-Journal, March 23, 2013

House speaker talks about Medicaid expansion, reading initiative, autism mandate, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 22, 2013

Wagle warming to Medicaid expansion, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 22, 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

DD advocates push to extend KanCare "carve-out", By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, March 20, 2013

Topeka Candidates Chat, March 25th at the Library!, From Community Resources Council, March 20, 2013

Senate committee amends KanCare oversight bill, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, March 19, 2013

Metro purchases stalled pending new FTA piggybacking regulations, By Aly Van Dyke, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 18, 2013

KanCare oversight bill heard by Senate panel, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, March 15, 2013

Families Ride the Metro FREE! March 18-23, From the Topeka Metro, March 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

Half of Kansas counties lack a KanCare dentist, By Brianne Pfannenstiel, Kansas City Business Journal, March 13, 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

Insurance commissioner urges Medicaid expansion, By Andy Marso, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 05, 2013

Safety-net clinics struggling with KanCare, By Mike Shields, KHI News Service, March 04, 2013

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Legislation

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)

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

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.

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Publications

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.

Testimony to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, SRS Budget Sub-committee; Carolyn K. McGinn, Chair; Presented by Mike Oxford, Executive Director: March 09, 2012


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