Disability Rights Center asks for Medicaid backlog records

From The Kansas Health Institute: By Andy Marso “The Disability Rights Center of Kansas is seeking more information from the state about its backlog of Medicaid applications to determine whether Kansas is breaking federal rules.” “Rocky Nichols, the center’s executive director, said the organization has filed an open records request…

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Kansas Budget Cuts ‘Devastating’ Mental Health System, Providers Say

From KCUR: By JIM MCLEAN “Kansas community mental health centers are sending a distress signal to state policymakers.” “The association that represents the state’s 26 community mental health centers issued a statement Wednesday expressing “strong concerns” about the $30 million in funding cuts that it says its members have suffered…

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Kansas legislators get automatic 8.5 percent raise in their allowance

From The Wichita Eagle: BY DION LEFLER dlefler@wichitaeagle.com “Kansas lawmakers quietly and automatically got an 8.5 percent raise in their allowance last month.” “The raise is because of an escalator clause in state law that has increased lawmakers’ daily “subsistence payments” by more than 28 percent through the past seven…

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Public Schools? To Kansas Conservatives, They’re ‘Government Schools’

From The New York Times: By JULIE BOSMAN “LEAWOOD, Kansas — Erica Massman, a moderate Kansas Republican, refers to the building where her daughter attends fourth grade as a public school.” “Ms. Massman’s mother, whose politics tilt further to the right, calls it something else: a government school.” ““My mother,…

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Delayed pain leads to voter apathy in Kansas

From The Kansas City Star: by Steve Rose “Here’s the dirty little secret as to why so many moderate Republicans in Kansas, especially in Johnson County, will not bother to vote in the August primary.” “Despite the fact that approval ratings for Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature are in…

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INSIGHT KANSAS: The hollow state

From the Hays Post: “When considering “failed states,” we often think of Syria or Libya, where civic breakdowns, violence, and the lack of a viable government lead to chaos. So it’s pushing things more than a bit to think of Kansas as a failed state. But it’s certainly a weakened…

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