Allen County wins Culture of Health Prize

It is with tremendous excitement that we announce that our home — Allen County, Kansas — has been named as a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner. The Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives. And that certainly describes what […]


Why block grants are so troublesome

Although the U.S. Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we remain vigilant to monitoring future attempts of replacing the current health care system. We have always advocated that any adjustments to the federal health care laws should be more inclusive to all Americans and should impose fewer restrictions to access quality […]


Clay County should vote yes for children’s services fund

This has been a year in which politics has colored and impacted everyone, regardless of political party or point of view. It has been a year in which the importance of an individual vote and the collective consequence of our elections has been underscored and illuminated from every direction. It has also been a year […]


Learning about Missouri Medicaid from consumers

The Medicaid program has generated considerable attention and debate over much of its 50-year history. Despite the attention, it is disheartening that there is still so little public understanding and so much misinformation regarding how the program works, serving the disabled, elderly and low income people of our country. This information disconnect is aided by […]


A ‘pathway’ to better Medicaid for Missouri

We live in a country where health care is a constant topic of debate. There are widely varying views on how it should be delivered, how to reduce costs, and how to improve health outcomes. So when the HCF team, Kelly Ferrara from StratCommRX and I began the research of identifying preferences among a broad […]


Our national health care system should work for everyone

For the last eight years, we have watched our elected officials introduce and pass health care legislation. We advocated that any bill should protect our citizens with the least means and the most health needs. We are again advocating that any changes to the current health care coverage protect the most vulnerable around us. What is […]


The AHCA and KanCare: Plan will harm vulnerable Kansans, state budget

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, will profoundly change Kansas’ Medicaid program, KanCare. The bill is currently under fast track consideration in the U.S. Senate. For more than 50 years, Medicaid has been a health coverage safety net to the most vulnerable Americans – […]


Medicaid is an essential part of Missouri’s communities

Medicaid is a long-standing important safety net program that keeps our communities strong and healthy by creating access to health insurance that participants would not have otherwise. Citing concern about rising costs of the program, there have been recent proposals in both the Missouri General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to fundamentally change the way […]


Tax proposal that makes dollars and sense for Kansas

Kansas is broke. The Legislature needs to raise $1 billion to $2 billion in new revenue just to get through the next two years. Plus, the Legislature needs to come up with a new plan – and revenue — to fund K-12 education and comply with a state Supreme Court ruling. Each Kansas household – […]


Public health policy: an unassuming name for some truly life-saving programs

This may sound odd, coming from a physician, but I believe that the general public and, in particular, public policy makers, place too much emphasis on medical care and too little emphasis on the other determinants of health. I believe that a country as productive and wealthy as ours should be able to provide a […]



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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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