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 […]

Right people. Right places.

By HCF Blog Team on October 8, 2015

In 2015, HCF is celebrating 10 Years of Grantmaking. But we are nothing without the organizations that work every day on eliminating barriers to quality health in our community. To mark this milestone, we launched a special series — A Healthy 10. Each month we’ll highlight one of 10 areas of health that saw progress in […]

Health Not a Privilege of the Few But an Opportunity for the Many

By Bridget McCandless, MD on August 7, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Missouri, to the Harry S Truman Presidential Library to sign legislation forming Medicare and Medicaid. Former President Harry Truman and First Lady Bess Truman attended the event and were issued the first two Medicare cards. Since then, these programs have saved countless lives. HCFGKC was […]

ACA Is Here to Stay

By Jen Bersdale on July 1, 2015
Executive Director, Missouri Health Care for All

Last week was a tremendously important week for health care access. On June 25, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in King v. Burwell. At issue in this case was the question of whether the health insurance discounts made available under the Affordable Care Act can be legally provided in all […]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Marketplace Subsidies

By Bridget McCandless, MD on June 26, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

We are pleased by today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold subsidies for health insurance purchased through federally-run Marketplaces, including in Kansas and Missouri. This decision means that the 70,000 residents of the Kansas City area who rely on the tax subsidies to help pay for their health insurance can continue their […]

In Other Words, Health Insurance Is Complicated

By Tami Gurley-Calvez on April 30, 2015
Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas Medical Center

Are you enrolled in a high deductible health insurance plan? You’re not alone if so. Millions of individuals and families enrolling in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are doing just that. Although these plans can work well, they must be appropriate for a household’s financial and health characteristics. In other words, it’s […]


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