Report: KC Metro Region’s Health Improving But Disparities Persist


When it comes to health outcomes in the 11-county Kansas City metropolitan area, there’s good news and there’s bad news. That’s the takeaway from a regional health assessment released Wednesday by the REACH Healthcare Foundation in Merriam, Kansas, which aims to improve health care for the poor and medically underserved. The good news: Except for […]

Missouri’s Refusal to Expand Medicaid Leaves Hospitals Feeling the Pain

Chris Sharkey (left), a language interpreter, Dr. Ravi Patel, an emergency medicine resident and Felicia Davis, a respiratory therapist, attend to an emergency room patient at Truman Medical Centers. Credit: Truman Medical Centers

It’s a sweltering Monday afternoon, and in the emergency room of Truman Medical Centers near downtown Kansas City, a patient complains of excruciating abdominal pain. The attending physician advises her there’s only so much he can do. “The reality is you can get whatever pain medication I’m able to give you in an effort to […]

Death and Dying: An Emerging Conversation

Bill Snead/KHI News Service

In 1840, Sweden was home to the world’s longest-living people. There, average life expectancy for women was 45 years. That span is now surpassed in every country, no matter how blighted or war-torn. In the United States, which ranks 53rd globally, a person on average can expect to survive 78 years and several months, mostly […]

HCF Awards $372,507 in Applicant Defined Grants

Date: July 9, 2015 Contact: Jennifer Sykes Phone: 816-241-7006 KANSAS CITY, MO – The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) has awarded 10 nonprofit organizations a total of $372,507 in Applicant Defined Grants. The following grants were awarded in June 2015: HCF Applicant Defined Grants (ADG) are awarded outside of the Foundation’s annual […]

As Number of Cycling Kids Plummets, School Programs Step In

Dan Margolies

On a warm afternoon at Garfield Elementary school in northeast Kansas City, a class of grade schoolers charges out into the schoolyard to spend an hour riding bikes. They’re getting training from members of the nonprofit group BikeWalkKC. The program was created three years ago to teach bicycle safety skills. But BikeWalkKC’s education program manager, […]

HCF Celebrates Healthy Communities Leadership Academy Graduation

Date: July 2, 2015 Contact: Jennifer Sykes Phone: 816-241-7006 KANSAS CITY, MO – The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) recently held a graduation ceremony to recognize the completion of the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy. HCF’s Leadership Academy helps develop a critical mass of change agents, local expertise and field capacity to effect […]

Health Care Foundation Seeks Applicants for Board of Directors

Date: July 1, 2015 Contact: Jennifer Sykes Phone: 816-241-7006 KANSAS CITY, MO – The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) is accepting applications to fill seven upcoming vacancies on the 2016 HCF Board of Directors. Members of the HCF Board of Directors serve a three-year term. Directors can be re-nominated for a second […]

Is Kansas Mental Health System Near Breaking Point?

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The filing of a murder charge against a former patient at the Osawatomie State Hospital is prompting questions about the state’s mental health system. On May 14, Brandon Brown, 30, was released from a five-day stay at Osawatomie. He was sent to the state hospital after threatening other patients at the Haviland Care Center, a […]

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Preserves Health Insurance Subsidies for Thousands of Kansans


The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act preserves federal tax subsidies that nearly 70,000 Kansans used this year to help them purchase health insurance.

If the decision released Thursday had gone the other way, those Kansans, many of whom were previously uninsured, might have been forced to drop their coverage.

Public Health Goals Largely Unmet in 2015 Session


When the 2015 legislative session started in January, public health advocates had reason to be optimistic they could reach some of their most ambitious goals.

The Kansas Hospital Association was ramping up efforts to expand Medicaid coverage to about 100,000 uninsured Kansans with the political implications of the 2014 election over.

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