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Senate unveils health care bill, Senators Roberts and Moran comment

Senate Republicans release a bill that will dismantle much of Barack Obama’s Health Care Law. The bill proposes cuts to Medicaid for low-income Americans, while erasing tax boosts imposed on high-earners and medical companies. It would also allow states to ignore coverage standards under Obamacare and end tax penalties for …

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Centene to offer insurance in exchanges in 3 more states

Centene Corp. says it will begin offering coverage under the Affordable Care Act for insurance exchanges in Missouri, Kansas and Nevada next year at a time other insurers are pulling out of such marketplaces. Centene announced the expansion Tuesday. It didn’t specify whether its foray into Missouri and Kansas will …

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Local farms bring Crops to Campus for employee, student subscriptions

Through a partnership with Common Harvest CSA, the University of Kansas will launch Crops to Campus, a program to bring a local produce subscription service to campus in spring 2015. Faculty, staff and students are invited to sign up for a Crops to Campus subscription online starting today, Feb. 17. …

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Fuel Up 4 Summer – Summer Food Service Program kicks off today

We know that having a healthy, nutritious meal during the school day is vital for a student’s growth and development. It’s equally important when school’s out. Some local groups are making sure all children have access to lunch, even when the school bell no longer rings. Children and their parents …

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Kansas distributor recalls precooked sausage due to metal

A Kansas food distributor is voluntarily recalling nearly 100,000 pounds (45,360 kilograms) of precooked sausage that might contain metal. Armour Eckrich Meats in Junction City announced the recall Wednesday of more than 8,000 cases of 16.6-ounce (460-gram) packages of “Eckrich Smok-y Cheddar Breakfast sausage, Naturally Hardwood Smoked.” The labels have …

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Jenkins released statement on Blue Cross-Blue Shield leaving individual marketplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins released the following statement in regard to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City’s decision to leave Obamacare’s individual marketplace: “The latest news from Blue Cross Blue Shield KC is certainly upsetting for Kansans, but not unexpected. During meetings with various health insurers over …

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Kansas launches new food safety website

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) have partnered to launch a new food safety website. FoodSafetyKansas.org can be used to submit food-related illness complaints regarding restaurants, events or food items purchased at a grocery or convenience store. It can also be …

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Local Practitioner Provides Tips For Melanoma Awareness Month

Family Practitioner Dr. Ryan Neuhofel is spending Melanoma Awareness Month informing patients of the dangers of melanoma, a rare form of skin cancer. “There’s basically two categories of skin cancer… There’s non melanoma and there’s melanoma. So that’s how much of a difference there is between melanoma and all the …

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Recall issued for Aunt Jemima frozen breakfast food products

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) would like to alert consumers that a recall has been issued by Pinnacle Foods Inc. for Aunt Jemima frozen breakfast foods including pancakes, waffles and French toast slices because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall was initiated after Listeria monocytogenes …

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