Election recap: The context may change, but the goals don’t

By Jessica Hembree on November 14, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Now that we’ve had some time to process the outcomes of this general election, I wanted to provide a recap of Tuesday’s election results and some thoughts about how the election results will impact HCF’s policy work in the coming years. National Election Results While it is too early to know the impact of the […]


Opioid discussion now online

By HCF Blog Team on October 12, 2016

Three weeks ago, HCF was proud to sponsor American Public Square’s Dinner at the Square event, The Painful Truth. People in attendance listened to a thoughtful, informed and respectful discussion on opioid abuse and whether Missouri needs a prescription drug monitoring program. Missouri is the only state in the nation without a prescription monitoring program. You can […]


Politics, elections, and expanding KanCare

Topeka Kansas Capitol

By Sheldon Weisgrau on September 27, 2016
Director, Health Reform Resource Project

On August 3rd, expanding KanCare became much more likely than it had been the day before (in Kansas, the Medicaid program is known as KanCare). What happened? August 2nd was primary election day in Kansas. After years of ongoing budget crises, cuts to state agencies, and ideological steamrolling in the statehouse, Kansas voters had seemingly […]


A regional approach to prescription drug abuse

By Bradford T. Hart on September 15, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Recently, I had the opportunity to testify before the Jackson County legislature on the topic of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). As many in our region already know, Missouri has the dubious distinction of being the only state in the country to not have a PDMP, the single most impactful tool to reduce the supply […]


Promoting nursing leadership: The Kansas Nurse Leader Residency Program

By Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN on September 6, 2016
Advocacy Team Leader, Kansas Action Coalition, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing


Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Lead, Kansas Action Coalition, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Nurses play a critical role in the health care system. Factoring in total time spent with patients, one could argue that they are the face of health care. For this and many other reasons, the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, advocates for nurses to be full partners in […]


Should Missouri have a drug registry?

By Allan Katz on August 31, 2016
American Public Square, Founder

Sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. And so have overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. In 2014, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids, bringing the total from 1999 to 2014 to more than 165,000 deaths in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Forty-nine states have prescription drug monitoring […]


Alliance engages Kansans about importance of expanding KanCare

By David Jordan on August 18, 2016
Director, Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

Kansas, like Missouri, is one of the 19 states that has not expanded health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program, which is Kansas is known as KanCare. As a result, more than 150,000 Kansans currently fall into a health coverage gap. They earn too much to qualify for KanCare but too little to […]


Missed opportunities for a healthier Kansas

Topeka Kansas Capitol

By Rep. Barbara Bollier, M.D. on March 23, 2016
State Representative, District 21, Kansas House of Representatives

The 2016 legislative session thus far has had little or no impact on improving the health of underserved and/or uninsured Kansas citizens. With Governor Sam Brownback and House Speaker Ray Merrick standing in firm opposition to even discussing Medicaid expansion, Kansas continues on as one of 19 states that has not accepted the millions of dollars […]


Coalition helps Kansas Citians with health insurance enrollment

Enroll Wyandotte Fair

By Catherine Couch on December 11, 2015
Public Affairs Coordinator, Mid-America Regional Council

Dawn Lindsey is one of nearly 65,000 Missouri residents that have signed up this year for health insurance through the federal Marketplace. Lindsey, who is self-employed, knows firsthand how important having insurance is. Lindsey signed up for Marketplace coverage in 2013 during the first open enrollment period with assistance from the Cover KC coalition, a […]


Health insured

Health insured

By HCF Blog Team on December 7, 2015

While many people in this region are uninsured and underserved, over the past decade, legislation like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health care transformations has made health care more accessible to many in our communities. Local free clinics, community health centers, safety net hospitals and community organizations are seeing increased […]



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