KU Credit Union Cosmopolitan Diabetes Golf Classic

Peony Allen

Alvamar Golf Complex Friday, May 24th 2013 8 a.m. ---------------------------------------- If you know anyone with diabetes, then you know it is a daily struggle to manage and live with the disease. It’s even harder if you don’t have health insurance. According to the American Diabetes Association over 25.8 million people ...

The New Era of Collaboration

Executive Director

Health Care Access Clinic has been pleased to work alongside 10 peer non-profit organizations over the past 6 months to talk about how to do business more collaboratively. Instigated by United Way's new model of community impact and building on the already important outcomes results, these agency directors got a ...

Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

Katie Bean

**BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, ASSOCIATED PRESS** http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/dec/10/246105/ **Washington** — Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, ...

Governor taking cautious approach to Medicaid expansion

Adam Strunk

**By Scott Rothschild** TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback is taking a wait-and-see attitude about whether to opt-in to expansion of the Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. “We’re talking with other states about what they are doing, still reviewing options,” Brownback said recently. And like all things related ...

Officials hope to expand telemedicine to help vets

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — As more veterans deal with mental and physical health problems, officials say a new program in Kansas will deliver medical assistance quicker and more efficiently and perhaps become a model for other states to follow. Gov. Sam Brownback and officials from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department and Kansas ...

Governor: No state-federal health care partnership

Alex  Parker

**TOPEKA** (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas will have a federally run health insurance exchange, after he declined to support Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's application for a state-federal partnership. Brownback had said months ago he would wait until after Tuesday's election before moving forward on health care. He announced ...

Fill Up. Pour Out.

Rachel Warren

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/08/244412/ Please join us, Heartland Community Health Center, for the celebration and fundraising event, “**Fill Up. Pour Out. : Winter ’12.**” This evening will be a time to celebrate the year’s events and accomplishments together, and believe us, 2012 has been the biggest year in our organization’s history! Join us ...

Kansas officials ponder next health care step

Alex  Parker

**TOPEKA (AP)** — Topeka — Kansas officials are considering their next steps to implement the federal health care law now that the presidential election has been decided and deadlines are looming. The state has until Nov. 16 to tell the federal government whether it wants to be a partner in ...

GOP raises specter of Medicaid expansion as campaign issue

Alex  Parker

**By John Hanna, Associated Press** **TOPEKA** — Gov. Sam Brownback’s allies have raised the potential expansion of the state’s Medicaid program as a campaign issue in the days before Tuesday’s election decides races for the Kansas Legislature, with conservative Republicans seeking to bind Democrats to President Barack Obama and the ...

State official seeks to reassure panel on Medicaid

Alex  Parker

**By Associated Press** **TOPEKA** - Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is trying to reassure Kansas legislators that Medicaid participants won't suffer if the federal government delays an overhaul of the program. State Division of Health Care Finance Director Kari Bruffett said Wednesday that services won't be interrupted if the state can't ...

Empty Laundry Detergent Bottle Drive

Rachel Warren

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/04/242198/ Throughout the month of October we are asking people in the community to donate their empty laundry detergent bottles to Heartland Community Health Center. As a patient with diabetes, the disposals of insulin needles can be an expensive cost. So HCHC wants to help! A laundry detergent bottle is ...

Uninsured line up to receive free dental care at Lawrence clinic

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/videos/2012/sep/28/35676/ Lawrence resident Rita Moses spent more than 14 hours in the parking lot of the [Douglas County Dental Clinic][1] to receive free care Friday. Moses said she works part-time in a child care center and as a restaurant hostess in a retirement community, but neither job offers health benefits. ...

Report: Health insurance costs, uninsured to rise under Romney's plans

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/27/241889/ Kansas families buying health insurance would pay nearly twice as much under proposals offered by presidential candidate Mitt Romney than under President Barack Obama’s [Affordable Care Act][1], according to a report released today. Under Obama’s plan, it’s also estimated that 220,000 Kansans would gain insurance coverage by 2016, while ...

Motorcycle ride to benefit terminally ill Topeka resident, his family

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/sep/26/241825/ There will be a motorcycle ride and bike show Saturday for Topeka resident Greg Hasselman, who was born with a rare congenital heart condition. Hasselman, 25, has undergone several life-sustaining procedures. He was scheduled for a heart and liver transplant, but during a recent trip to the Mayo Clinic ...

Agencies say Kansas Medicaid changes progressing

Alex  Parker

**By John Milburn, Associated Press** **TOPEKA (AP)** — Kansas is making progress in overhauling its Medicaid system for the poor and disabled, officials from two state agencies told a legislative committee Wednesday. Kansas has saved more than $1.3 million from changes the state made to the federal-state program in the ...

Brownback asked to set health exchange 'benchmark'

Alex  Parker

**By John Hanna, Associated Press** **TOPEKA (AP)** — Kansas' insurance regulator is asking Gov. Sam Brownback to spell out the requirements for health coverage to be sold in a new online marketplace mandated by the federal health care overhaul, but Brownback still plans to make no decisions until after the ...

U.S. Census Bureau report finds more people have health insurance

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/12/241031/ The [U.S. Census Bureau][1] announced today that in 2011 median household income declined, the poverty rate was not statistically different from the previous year and the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased. **Here’s a look at the statistics:** • **$50,054** — median household income, a 1.5 percent ...

Kansas Drug Card program offers discounts on prescription medicine

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2006/oct/27/109580/ One year ago, 25-year-old Dani Higgins, of Wichita, lost her health insurance when her father was laid off from his job. Higgins, who has been unemployed for 18 months, said she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and needs a medication to get by day to day. “It’s hard ...

State launches website for its new Medicaid program called KanCare

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/04/240650/ The state launched a website today for its new Medicaid program called KanCare, which provides services for more than 380,000 low-income, elderly and disabled residents. The site — [kancare.ks.gov][1] — was created during the past three months by the [Kansas Department of Health and Environment][2] and the [Kansas Department ...

Fundraiser puts medical professionals on the catwalk

Ali Edwards

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/03/240576/ On Thursday, Lawrence doctors will be doing their rounds in a bit of a different way. Medical professionals from around Douglas County will be strutting down the runway at Van Go Inc. to benefit nonprofit organizations Health Care Access and Van Go in the seventh annual Douglas County Medical ...

Census: Number of uninsured has increased in Kansas and Douglas County

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/aug/12/218676/ The percentage of Kansans under the age of 65 who are living without health insurance increased in 2010 and some health care providers expect that percentage to rise yet more unless the economy improves. The [U.S. Census Bureau][1] reported Wednesday that 15.8 percent of Kansas residents under age 65 ...

Health Care Access expanding services beyond medical care, providing thousands more appointments for uninsured patients

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/aug/27/240241/ Two and a half years ago, [Health Care Access][1] moved from a mobile home in East Lawrence to a 6,000-square-foot building across the street from Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s emergency room at 330 Maine St. As a result, the clinic is taking care of more patients because of its increased ...

Health leaders, unemployed resident discuss how Medicaid expansion could affect Douglas County residents

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/aug/27/240220/ Lawrence resident Jennifer Weishaar, 34, is hoping Kansas will expand the eligibility for its [Medicaid program][1] so she can qualify for the program and ultimately take care of her health needs. “There’s a lot of medications that I should be on and a lot of stuff that I’m not ...

Health leaders to discuss future of Medicaid during public forum tonight in Lawrence

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/08/239188/ The [Kansas Health Consumer Coalition][1] is hosting a panel discussion about Medicaid from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, Aug. 27, in Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s auditorium, 325 Maine. **Speakers on the panel will be:** • Gene Meyer, [LMH][2] president and CEO • Jon Stewart, [Heartland Community Health Center][3] CEO ...

Carnival for a Cause!

Rachel Warren

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/22/239939/ This Saturday, August 25th from 10a.m. to 1p.m. at Watson Park, **Velocity Church** will be hosting "**Carnival for a Cause**" in partnership with **Heartland Community Health Center (HCHC)**. This is a free city-wide event that will include: **carnival games, prizes, bounce houses, and bike give-a-ways!** As admission for each ...

Making $11,000 a year, but excluded from Medicaid

Alex  Parker

**By Carla K. Johnson and Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press** **MIAMI** — Sandra Pico is poor, but not poor enough. She makes about $15,000 a year, supporting her daughter and unemployed husband. She thought she'd be able to get health insurance after the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health care ...

Medical vs. Dental Showdown about Collaboration

Executive Director

The first annual tug-of-war between the Douglas County Dental Clinic and the Health Care Access Clinic was about teamwork really. Both agencies need each other's expertise to help those who don't have health and dental coverage. The mouth is part of the body - and we need to help the ...

Consumer group to host panel discussion in Lawrence about Kansas Medicaid program

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/08/239188/ The [Kansas Health Consumer Coalition][1] is hosting a panel discussion about Medicaid from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in [Lawrence Memorial Hospital][2]’s auditorium, 325 Maine. Speakers on the panel will be LMH President and CEO Gene Meyer, [Heartland Community Health Center][3] CEO Jon Stewart, a policy analyst ...

Health care law could be impacting Kansas vote

Alex  Parker

**TOPEKA (AP) —** Attempts by Kansas conservatives to tie moderate Republicans with President Barack Obama may be resonating with some voters. The health care law championed by the president has been an issue in Republican primary races for the Kansas Senate because conservatives have suggested that moderate incumbents have not ...

State re-submits KanCare proposal to feds

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration announced Monday it had resubmitted to the federal government its proposal to overhaul the Kansas Medicaid program. Under the proposal, more than 350,000 Kansans will receive health care services through managed care plans run by private insurance companies. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said KanCare will provide ...

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