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"Kansas Health: A Prescription for Change” is an award-winning series about the health and well-being of Kansans. The series, which began in 2000 as a project called: "Kansas Kids: A Prescription for Change," can be heard on KPR and other public and commercial radio stations in Kansas and Missouri.

Advocate Says Spending Caps Will Protect Families

A report from a proponent of health care reform says out-of-pocket spending caps in the Affordable Care Act will protect families from financial ruin due to medical expenses. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, an estimated 150-thousand Kansans will need the protection of those caps, which take effect in 2014.

Poison Control Centers See House Budget Bill As Toxic

The budget bill passed by the U-S House of Representatives would do away with more than 90 per cent of the federal funding that supports the nation’s poison control centers. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, a cut of that magnitude could threaten the very existence of the nationwide poison control hotline.

Lt. Gov. Colyer Leading Effort to Cut Medicaid Spending

The health reform debate goes well beyond the individual mandate and new insurance regulations. It extends to one of the biggest programs operated by state governments – Medicaid. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, like many states headed by new Republican governors, Kansas is looking for ways to sharply reduce its Medicaid spending.

Schmidt Asks Supreme Court To Limit Greenhouse Gas Lawsuits

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and his counterparts in 22 other states are telling the U-S Supreme Court that greenhouse gas emissions standards should be decided by legislators and regulators, not the courts. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, these 23 states want the high court to ban the use of public nuisance lawsuits to regulate greenhouse gases.

Schmidt Welcomes Florida Judges Ruling on Health Reform

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt welcomed Monday’s ruling by a Florida District judge, striking down the federal health overhaul law. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, making Kansas a plaintiff in the Florida case was among Schmidt’s first acts after taking office earlier this month.

Moran Says Republicans Should Now Work to Fix Health Reform

All four Kansas members of the U-S House voted yesterday (WED) to repeal the health care reform law. But with the Senate unlikely to follow suit, Kansas Senator Jerry Moran is saying that Republicans should now focus on making whatever changes in the law they can get the Democrats to agree to. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.


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