Marshaun Butler also is an avid volunteer. Last year, she won the Athena award for young professional leadership from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for her extensive work in the community.
More employers are reducing the hours of part-time employees to stay under the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires them to offer health insurance to employees who regularly work 30 hours a week, a new survey shows.
A Mercer survey of employers found that 2015 coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act had “very little impact” on enrollment in employer-sponsored health insurance plans. The Obamacare mandate requiring covered employers to offer plans to employees who normally worked at least 30 hours a week caused little change in the percentage or raw number of enrolled employees, according to the survey.
Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured.
The University of Kansas Hospital next week is opening an urgent care clinic inside Sprint Center. The hospital says it will be the first one inside the downtown loop. Starting Monday, the walk-in clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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At $15 an hour, the average home health worker would get an annual raise of $8,000 and a livable wage, according to speakers at the Kansas City Health Department. Home care aides across the country are participating with fast-food workers and other low-wage workers in the call for “$15 and a union.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.