Post Tagged with: "KHI News Service"

PR stunt?

? The governor?s ?no tax increase? perspective isn?t true for low- and middle-income Kansans. Kansas already had the ninth-most regressive tax system in the nation, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The tax increase signed last week by Gov. Sam Brownback to balance the budget will make the system less fair to low- and middle-income Kansans, according […]

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Legislature takes action on numerous health-related bills

by Andy Marso KHI News Service The House and Senate passed a flurry of health-related bills before leaving Thursday for a long weekend, but the most controversial issues remain unresolved. Friday?s ?turnaround? day represents a soft deadline for bills to pass their chambers of origin. That led to long work days in both chambers. The House and Senate kicked out […]

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Alternative plan to expand Medicaid introduced in Kansas Legislature

by Andy Marso KHI News Service An alternative plan to expand Medicaid loaded with elements meant to woo Republicans has been introduced in Kansas. But it could face the same difficult political climate that killed similar bills in other states last week. Rep. Tom Sloan said Monday the proposal introduced by the Vision 2020 Committee he chairs represents a Kansas […]

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Kansans with disabilities question KanCare changes

by Dave Ranney KHI News Service TOPEKA ? Groups that advocate for Kansans with disabilities and for frail seniors say they will file objections to proposed changes in the waivers defining the state?s approach to Medicaid-funded services that help them live in community-based settings rather than in nursing homes. ?There are service reductions built into the waivers, plain and simple,? […]

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Experts dispute the direction of poverty in Kansas

? Fewer people on welfare, but more living in poverty? by Jim McClean & Dave Ranney KHI News Service Poverty is a political issue in Kansas. Gov. Sam Brownback campaigned in 2010 on a platform that included as one of its main goals reducing childhood poverty. And since taking office, he has aggressively pursued that goal. But he?s done it […]

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