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KU Economist Says Uber May Be Driving Down Use Of Costly Ambulances

Ambulances are often considered a prime example of the excessively high cost of medical care in the United States. One ride can cost more than a trip from Kansas City to Hawaii. But David Slusky, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Kansas, thinks he may have found something surprising that’s reducing ambulance use: the ride-hailing company Uber.

Duration: 00:03:40

Missouri And Other States Face Potentially Costly Dilemma Over Treating Inmates With Hep C

In a corner of her house in Sparta in southwest Missouri, Jymie Jimerson has set up a kind of shrine. It has Native American art representing her Cherokee heritage alongside Willie Nelson albums, books and photos in remembrance of her late husband. In the center is a copy of Willie’s mid-’70s LP, “Red Headed Stranger.” “When Steve was young, he had red hair and a red beard, so he always really identified with Willie’s Red Headed Stranger,” Jimerson says. “I try to keep it up there as a...

Duration: 00:05:34

Amid Opioid Crisis, Some Doctors Offer Another Strategy To Deal With Chronic Pain

A few years ago, Renea Molden’s doctors told her they wanted to take her off hydrocodone pills. “I was mad,” Molden says. “I’ll be honest. I was mad. I was frustrated.” The 39-year-old woman from Kansas City struggles with pain caused by fibromyalgia, herniated spinal discs and degenerative disc disease. She says the three opioid pills a day that doctors wanted her to stop taking seemed to be the only way she could make it through work, go shopping or even fix dinner.

Duration: 00:05:19

KanCare Concerns A Challenge For Officials Seeking To Renew Privatized Medicaid Plan

Kansas officials seeking to renew KanCare are asking people covered by the privatized Medicaid program to trust them to make it better. In a series of recent public hearings, state officials have assured providers and beneficiaries that KanCare 2.0 will fix the administrative and service-delivery problems that have plagued the current program since its inception. Dynel Wood isn’t convinced. She runs a small Johnson County company that provides support services for Kansans with...

Duration: 00:04:35

Federal Medicare Head Says Action Is Needed To Ensure Program’s Financial Future

President Trump has pledged to not make cuts to Medicare, the federal insurance program for seniors, but Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, acknowledges that changes are needed. One of the program’s main funds, the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, is expected to be depleted in 11 years. On Monday, Verma was in Olathe, Kansas to talk with seniors about Medicare and encourage them to take part in Medicare open enrollment, which runs from October 15 through...

Duration: 00:04:54

In States Like Missouri And Kansas That Didn’t Expand Medicaid, Residents Carry Higher Medical Debt

Geneva Wilson has struggled her entire life with health problems, including a blood disorder, depression and a painful misalignment of the hip joint called hip dysplasia. But she’s found peace living in a small cabin in the woods of western Missouri. Wilson keeps chickens, raises rabbits and has a garden. She says her long-term goal is to live off her land by selling what she raises at farmers’ markets. Her health has made it hard to keep a job and obtain the insurance that typically comes...

Duration: 00:04:51

Southeast Kansas County Among Eight U.S. Communities Awarded Culture Of Health Prize

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Residents of Allen County in Kansas are getting some national recognition for their health-improvement efforts. The county is one of eight 2017 winners of the Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest public health philanthropy. Richard Besser, the foundation’s president and CEO, traveled to Iola, the county seat, to make the announcement in person Tuesday. “When we talked as a...

Duration: 00:04:32

Uncertainty Over The Future Of Healthcare Plagues Entrepreneurs Helped By ACA

Stinson Dean, an entrepreneur from Independence, Missouri, is used to risks. He buys Canadian softwood framing lumber to sell to lumberyards in the US and says coping with the ups and downs of the market is an inevitable part of doing business. But when he started the company about a year and a half ago, he laid down a firm rule. “One of the things I wasn’t willing to risk was the health of my family,” Dean says.

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Shawnee Woman Was Among First In The World To Undergo New FDA-Approved Cancer Therapy

Emily Dumler, a 36-year-old mother of three, is petite, energetic and appears to be the very picture of health. To look at her, you’d never know that four years ago she was at death’s door. Her symptoms struck out of the blue in the middle of the day. It was lunchtime and her kids were with her. Her husband, a medical device salesman, was at work. Dumler called him and told him she needed to go to urgent care right away. “My blood wasn’t clotting properly and so I went into urgent care and...

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Kansas Town Tries New Blueprint To Replace Grocery Store

A brick building that was the only grocery store in St. John sits vacant, its glass doors covered with paper since it closed early last year. St. John is the county seat of Stafford County in south-central Kansas — but it’s home to fewer than 1,300 people. Now, the closest grocery store is 12 miles away, in Stafford. St. John resident Amy Collins said that means meals and shopping require more effort. “Now when we make a trip to the grocery store we are planning four, five … six days out...

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How Yeast in Kombucha Tea ‘Selfishly’ Rigs The Genetic Game

In the cooler section of any Whole Foods store or maybe the cup holder of your crunchy neighbor’s VW bus, you can find Kombucha, the yeast-fermented tea sold with some pretty over-the-top marketing claims.

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New Health Care Center Helping To Fill Void After Closure Of Southeast Kansas Hospital

Nearly two years after Mercy Hospital closed its doors, the southeast Kansas town of Independence is still without a hospital. But it may have the next best thing: a new state-of-the-art clinic with an emergency room and a small cancer treatment center. The nearly $8 million Independence Healthcare Center operates as an extension of Labette Health, a regional hospital about 35 miles to the east in Parsons. “This is a department of the hospital,” said Labette Health head nurse Kathi...

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Trump Administration Still Sabotaging Affordable Care Act, Sebelius Says

President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders came up short in their initial efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says they’re still working to engineer its failure. In a recent interview, Sebelius, who spearheaded implementation of the ACA, said she knows that the law isn’t perfect. But she said it would be working better if Republicans would stop undermining it. “The notion that this law is imploding is...

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Death Linked To Bourbon Virus Raises Questions About Tick-Borne Diseases

Tammy Wilson loved the outdoors and was happy to spend her days working at Meramec State Park in the central part of Missouri. Her family often stopped by to see her, most recently at the end of May “My mom had two seed ticks on her hip – I believe it was her right hip,” says Wilson’s daughter, Amie May of Bonne Terre, Missouri. “And my sister pulled them off. A couple days later, mom said she just wasn’t feeling herself.” Wilson had degrees in criminal justice and psychology. She loved...

Duration: 00:05:24

Small Missouri Town Went For Trump, Now Some Fear Health Care Overhaul

The closest emergency room is 20 miles east on the highway. That’s why it isn’t unusual for people experiencing heart attacks, blood clots and strokes to show up at Dr. Rodney Yager’s clinic on Main Street in Monroe City, Missouri.

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Moran Has First Town Hall Meeting Since Announcing Opposition To Health Bill

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will have his first town hall meeting Thursday since announcing his opposition to the Republican Obamacare replacement bill. Opponents of the bill have been working to generate a big crowd for the meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the McKenna Youth and Activity Center in Palco, a small town just north of Hays in northwest Kansas. “We want to send a very strong message that Kansans are against the bill and we want him to remain a ‘no’ on it,” said Amy Burgin, a...

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Rural Health Care Group In Leawood Says Senate Plan Will Hit Rural Hospitals Hard

The health care plan unveiled last month by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate met with fierce opposition from hospital, doctor and patient advocacy groups. Among them was the National Rural Health Association, which is based in Leawood, Kansas, and represents doctors, nurses and hospitals in rural areas nationwide.

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Health Care Uncertainty Leaves Many Missouri Counties Without ACA Marketplace Coverage

Insurance is all about predicting the future, so with the future of the Affordable Care Act in flux, uncertainty about what’s going to happen has made 2017 a tricky year for insurance companies.

Duration: 00:03:53

Osteopathic Medicine, Born In Missouri, Now Seeks To Fill Rural Health Care Gaps

Twenty-four-year-old Kalee Woody says that when she was growing up in Bronaugh, Missouri, she saw the small town slowly fading, as businesses closed, growth stagnated and residents had to drive to other places to see a doctor.

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Big Challenge For KU Alzheimer's Center: Finding Volunteers For Clinical Trials

In 2001, Terrie Huntington’s younger sister began showing symptoms of dementia. She was 48 years old and was a funeral director in Clearwater, Kansas. She started having trouble figuring out the numbers on her computer keyboard. “She also had other diseases, fibromyalgia and arthritis, and was taking medication and she thought, ‘Perhaps I’m not taking the right medication, it's making me forgetful,’” Huntington says. Huntington says her sister eventually lost the ability to dial a phone or...

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