Kansans deserve better from KanCare

Topeka Kansas Capitol

By Sheldon Weisgrau on February 20, 2017
Director, Health Reform Resource Project

KanCare is in trouble. The state of Kansas’ Medicaid program, which has been run by three Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) since being privatized in 2013, is beset by administrative and operational problems that threaten the health and safety of its beneficiaries, among the most vulnerable Kansans. Patients, advocates, health care providers, and others engaged with […]

Now that the lawsuit is over, where do we go from here?

By Bridget McCandless, MD on February 16, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

It was seven years ago HCF entered into litigation to ensure that HCA’s commitments to the communities we serve through the sale of Health Midwest were fulfilled. Last month, we were pleased to announce we had reached a mutual agreement to allow us to close these proceedings. In all, HCF added $175 million to our resources, […]

ACA uncertainty puts health care gains at risk

By Bridget McCandless, MD on February 9, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

From inception, the Affordable Care Act attempted to strike a delicate balance between affordability for consumers and sustainability for insurers, all against a backdrop of varying health risks. Some components of the ACA have worked tremendously well, resulting in increased health care access for millions of Americans, while other components have been fraught with difficulty, […]

Experience informs 2017 policy agenda

By Jessica Hembree on February 2, 2017
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

This past week, we published our 2017 policy agenda, found here on our website. Setting policy goals is an annual activity for us and one that requires much consideration from both internal and external sources about our previous year’s policy results, the political and economic climate, and health trends. It’s neither a quick nor easy process […]

Where’s the health data?

By Jane Mosley, PhD on January 25, 2017
Program and Evaluation Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

HCF funds over 200 organizations each year ranging from grassroots organizations to large health systems and universities. Though different in size and scope, they are all working to improve health in their community. But how can we determine the areas that have improved and just as importantly, the areas of health that have yet to […]

What a healthier Wyandotte looks like

By Wesley McKain on January 18, 2017
Program Supervisor, Healthy Communities Wyandotte, Wyandotte County Health Department

A couple months ago, Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) threw a party for its 5th anniversary. Consider some of the highlights we celebrated: We partnered with the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County to enroll over 4,000 residents in health coverage, and decrease the rate of uninsured from 26 percent to 14 percent. This was the […]

From tragedy to triumph: Luke’s journey of hope at The Carousel Adult Daycare Center

By Karen Allen on January 11, 2017
President and Executive Director, The Carousel / Jacob’s Well of Kansas City Ministries

The Carousel Adult Daycare Center opened its doors in January 2003. Today, The Carousel continues to serve the families of the Greater Kansas City area, dedicated to providing care to the elderly and adults with special needs. Our goal is to provide a safe place where care givers can rest assured that their loved ones […]

Transparency in HCF’s funding

By Bridget McCandless, MD on January 4, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I am often asked about the dollars that support the efforts of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. When a foundation grants $20 million annually, those questions are inevitable because so many depend on those funds to serve the uninsured and underserved. I am thankful that our history of fiscal decision-making makes this […]


HCF's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact HCF Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.


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