U.S. House panel probes extent of fraud in federal COVID-19 relief programs

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — From 2020 to 2022, a group of Minnesotans pretended to be serving meals to low-income children, all the while filing for reimbursement under a federal COVID-19 relief program aimed to buoy child nutrition as schools and childcare centers closed. In all, the schemers defrauded the government of $250 million, the Minnesota Reformer reported. […]

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly cleared to return after doctors say COVID-19 test was inaccurate

BY: - January 12, 2023

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly’s office says she doesn’t have COVID-19 after all. The office issued a statement Thursday saying her physician and state health officials believe an initial test earlier this week produced a “false positive” result. Her subsequent tests have been negative, the statement said. The governor appeared at a series of events […]

KDHE Secretary Janet Stanek affirms safety of COVID-19 vaccine to lawmakers questioning Kansas health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during a Jan.11, 2023 committee meeting. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

With Medicaid ‘continuous coverage’ ending soon, many Kansans may lose access to care

BY: - January 11, 2023

TOPEKA — With federal “continuous coverage” Medicaid protections ending, thousands of Kansans are expected to be dropped from medical programs in the coming months.  While President Joe Biden is expected to extend the public health emergency issued for COVID-19, one that allowed for health-related measures and the continuous coverage policy, states will no longer have […]

Donna Ginther, director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas, said the Federal Communications Commission's map of broadband access in Kansas was inaccurate She estimated 1 million Kansans lack access to quality high-speed internet services. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

KU researchers assert FCC map of high-speed broadband access in Kansas ‘highly inaccurate’

BY: - January 11, 2023

KU researchers say the Federal Communications Commission's map of broadband access grossly exaggerates access to high-speed internet across the state.

Kansas governor tests positive for COVID-19, experiencing minor symptoms

BY: - January 10, 2023

TOPEKA —  Gov. Laura Kelly has tested positive for COVID-19 just two days into the legislative session.  Kelly is currently self-isolating with minor symptoms after testing positive Tuesday morning, according to a news release sent out later in the day. She is fully vaccinated. Kelly appeared at a series of events throughout the weekend, up […]

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who won reelection in November, begins a second term as governor Monday with the inauguration ceremony on steps of the Capitol and opening inside the building of the 2023 legislative session with Republicans holding two-thirds majorities in the House an Senate. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly launching second term poised to balance centrist philosophy of governing

BY: - January 8, 2023

Gov. Laura Kelly to stay in the middle of the road politically in her second term, while GOP House and Senate plan to make use of their supermajorities.

Kansas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt speaks at the Kansas Supreme Court redistricting hearing in May 2022. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

Derek Schmidt reflects on his 12 years as Kansas attorney general in farewell letter

BY: - January 5, 2023

TOPEKA — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt lists suing the national government, fighting vaccine mandates and advocating against illegal immigration as notable accomplishments in the position he held for more than a decade. In a farewell letter reflecting on his 12 years as the state’s top legal officer, Schmidt said he helped shape the role […]

Physician Steven Stites, chief medical officer at the University of Kansas Health System, praised retiring doctor Anthony Fauci for making important contributions to public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a view not shared by U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from KUHS YouTube channel)

KU Health System doctors express praise for Fauci’s leadership from HIV to COVID-19

BY: - January 1, 2023

University of Kansas Health System physicians praise retiring Anthony Fauci, despite U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall's campaign to undermine Fauci's credibility.

Former state Rep. Michael Capps, a Wichita Republican, was convicted in U.S. District Court on 12 counts of fraud and money laundering for illegally receiving $355,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funding. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth)

Former GOP Kansas House member guilty of fraud, money laundering in COVID-19 case

BY: - December 22, 2022

Former Republican member of the Kansas House was convicted by a federal jury of money laundering and fraud for stealing $355,000 in COVID-19 relief funding.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and House Speaker Ron Ryckman, a Republican, both supported a motion to adopt a framework for allocating $374 million in American Rescue Plan aid among Kansas organizations, cities and agencies. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Kansas lawmakers embrace framework for allocation of $374 million in federal relief aid

BY: - December 21, 2022

The State Finance Council, with Gov. Kelly and legislative leaders, unanimously approve allocation of $374 million in remaining COVID-19 relief funding.

White House resumes handing out free COVID-19 rapid test kits

BY: - December 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is once again offering Americans the opportunity to order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests from the federal government, a program that it had shuttered amid an ongoing stalemate with Congress over additional funding to address the virus.  The program will allow each household to order four free COVID-19 tests as […]

A month removed from the vaccine receiving emergency use authorization for children younger than 5, doctors with the University of Kansas Health System say many pediatricians offices are running out of the shot. (Getty Images)

Number of Kansas flu and COVID-19 cases expected to rise during holiday season

BY: - December 14, 2022

TOPEKA — Health officials urge Kansans to get booster shots before the holidays, warning of a “trifecta” of illnesses spreading this year, including flu, respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and COVID-19, and a limited number of hospital beds available to treat these illnesses. Only 10.2% of Kansans have received a bivalent booster shot, according to […]