Supreme Court justices were sharply split along ideological lines during arguments Wednesday over President Barack Obama's health care law and its tax subsidies for millions of low- and moderate-income Americans.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against the overuse of testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have never been established as safe or effective for treating common signs of aging like low libido and fatigue.
Three leading Republican senators are promising to help millions of people who may lose federal health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates a pillar of President Barack Obama's health care law.
Dozens of Kansas City institutions — including courts and cops, schools and mental health providers — say programs that address a child’s or adult’s traumatic past could help create a better future. Trauma-informed care focuses on the notion that a traumatic event in childhood, either experienced or witnessed, can alter the biology of the brain.
The share of Americans without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as President Barack Obama’s overhaul took full effect, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.
The Kansas City Star is seeking World War II veterans who were in or near Germany when the war in Europe ended on May, 8, 1945. Share memories regarding your duties at the time and your reaction upon hearing the news of surrender.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is putting such a small dent in the profits of U.S. companies that many refer to its effect as “not material” or “not significant,” according to a Bloomberg review of conference call transcripts and interviews with major U.S. employers. The collective shrug from the nation’s biggest employers undermines arguments from Republicans, who call the law a job killer as they seek its repeal.
Area school districts fight for grants and other support to put mental health professionals on the front lines in their schools. “And it’s not just two or three kids who need help,” said Mary Kettlewell, program officer for the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. “Some 80 percent of students could benefit from services. … The need is tremendous.”
The for-profit hospital chain based in California also acquired some other unspecified assets of Carondelet Health from Ascension Health, the St. Louis-based not-for-profit company that has owned and operated the hospitals. Prime Healthcare now owns four hospitals in the Kansas City area.
The World Health Organization and other medical groups, pushing caution and vigilance, are far from declaring the epidemic over, but they note positive trends. Lenexa-based medical humanitarian group Heart to Heart International is under contract to operate an Ebola treatment unit in the Tappita area of Liberia until the end of April.
Near the hillside shelter where dozens of men and women died of Ebola, a row of green U.S. military tents sit atop a vast expanse of imported gravel. The generators hum; chlorinated water churns in brand-new containers; surveillance cameras send a live feed to a large-screen television.
The Missouri Health Connection will channel funds to Swope Health Services, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and KC Care Clinic, which serve low-income and uninsured residents to enable the exchange of electronic medical records.
Federal officials expect fewer than 10 million people to enroll in coverage on the state and federal marketplaces this year. That’s far below the 13 million the Congressional Budget Office had projected.
In a counterclaim filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., Sunflower State Health Plan and its parent company, Centene Corp., alleges the plaintiff, a former executive, demanded $3 million from the company in return for not reporting it to the Kansas attorney general’s Medicaid fraud unit. Jacqueline Leary’s attorney calls the extortion allegation “the most ludicrous thing ever.”
The flu is filling hospital beds and packing emergency rooms throughout the area. “I’ve been here eight years and I’ve never it seen it at this level,” said Lee A. Norman, the University of Kansas Hospital’s chief medical officer. “Clinics and urgent care centers are glutted.” And hospitals are bracing for more patients.
About nine in 10 Missourians and eight in 10 Kansans who have signed up so far for the second year of coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace are getting financial assistance to pay for their premiums.
December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance in their health care flexible spending account. These accounts come with a big catch: Often you have to use the balance before the plan year ends or you lose it.