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How to strengthen Kansas foster care and help children and families thrive

BY: - September 13, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Linda Bass is president of KVC Kansas, a nonprofit of 450 professionals who strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and help people achieve mental health […]

Kansas oversight panel releases $50M for nurse pay boost

BY: - September 10, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas officials serving on an oversight panel on Friday released $50 million in federal aid for pay increases of nurses at hospitals overwhelmed by a surge of COVID-19 patients. The money will be divided among medical care providers based on the number of licensed beds they operate, with restrictions in place to prevent […]

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, added his voice to GOP opposition by state and federal lawmakers to President Joe Biden's plan for broadening of COVID-19 vaccination requirements. (C-SPAN screenshot/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republicans raise objections to Biden’s expansive vaccine mandate

BY: - September 10, 2021

Half of Kansas congressional delegation and three GOP leaders in the Kansas House are critical of President Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

Inside Mission Control: Hospital capacity in Kansas at its worst with latest COVID-19 surge

BY: - September 10, 2021

TOPEKA — Richard Watson says the latest surge in COVID-19 infections has stressed Kansas hospital capacity to new extremes, nearing the point where doctors have “brutal conversations” about which patients they take care of. Watson’s company makes the Mission Control software Kansas hospitals use to find available bed space for acute care patients. He said […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]

OPINION

Senate president tried to create his own death panel while raging against hospital mandates

BY: - September 9, 2021

A decade ago, right-wing politicians lied about “death panels” during debate on the Affordable Care Act. National health care was supposed to lead to draconian choices, with patients paying the ultimate price. On Wednesday, Senate President Ty Masterson tried to turn the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas Taskforce into his own kind of death panel, […]

A Lawrence chiropractor is fined $4,000, publicly censured and ordered to complete 24 hours of continuing education for making false claims in March 2020 about thwarting COVID-19. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Lawrence chiropractor censured, fined $4,000 for flawed COVID-19 advertising

BY: - September 8, 2021

Kansas regulator hits Lawrence chiropractor with censure, $4,000 fine and 24 hours of continuing education for making fraudulent claims about COVID-19.

Kansas panel delays nurse pay boost, rejects punishment for vaccine requirement

BY: - September 8, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas panel tasked with determining how a $50 million boost in nurse pay should be distributed rejected an attempt Wednesday by Senate President Ty Masterson to claw back funds from hospitals that require employees to get a free, safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19. Members of the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas […]

Kansas lawmakers weigh options for Docking renovation, new KDHE lab

BY: - September 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas legislators Tuesday considered two proposals for what to do with the long-neglected Docking State Office Building. Years of neglect and a desire by former Gov. Sam Brownback to demolish the 62-year-old complex adjacent to the Statehouse resulted in health hazards and deteriorating insides. Earlier this year, lawmakers approved up to $120 million […]

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As virus spirals across Kansas, robust testing matters — and might even provide a nudge

BY: - September 7, 2021

Remember COVID-19 testing? Back in the early months of the pandemic, it was kind of a big deal. Dollars were poured into creating testing sites, news outlets tracked the amount of testing in communities, and we all lined up in our cars for nasal swabs. Ah, nostalgia. We could agree on testing. Everyone wanted to […]

Thousands of Kansans face threat of eviction as pandemic exposes housing crisis

BY: and - September 6, 2021

TOPEKA — Sheena Mooney has spent the past year without a job or a safety net living in a trailer park a few miles from Washburn. Mooney lost her job at Frito-Lay in March 2020, a job she enjoyed, fell behind on her rent and was evicted that August. She applied for unemployment but did […]

OPINION

COVID should have made us all question the goals of ‘pro-life’ movement

BY: - September 5, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Susan J. Demas is the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Advance. This week, my almost 19-year-old daughter stepped foot on her college campus to take classes for […]