School board plans special meeting Oct. 3

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the law offices of McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips, 10 E. Cambridge Circle Drive, Suite 300, Kansas City, Kan.

In addition to regular business, the special meeting will include a retreat to establish board goals and vision for 2020, discuss the superintendent’s goals and view a presentation on the new Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools police department.

Medicaid and CHIP enrollment grows during five years

Topeka — Recent analysis by the Kansas Health Institute shows that enrollment in Kansas Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program grew by 29.1 percent over the past five years. The programs serve nearly 400,000 Kansans.

KHI has issued a new brief that discusses the trends in Medicaid and CHIP enrollment in the state from 2009 to 2013, including details from the first year of the state’s Medicaid managed care program, KanCare.

Kansas Medicaid and CHIP enrollment, 2009-2013
Individuals eligible for Medicaid are primarily children and families with low incomes, people with disabilities and low-income seniors. CHIP is a related program providing health insurance for low-income children who are not eligible for Medicaid because their family income is above the Medicaid eligibility cutoff.

• Over the past five years, total enrollment in both Kansas Medicaid and CHIP has increased from 308,821 to 398,774 (29.1 percent).
• Enrollment for children and families in Medicaid increased by 38.6 percent, and CHIP enrollment grew by 39.4 percent during this period.

KanCare’s first year (2012-2013)
In contrast to the previous four years, there was a historically low growth rate for Medicaid and CHIP enrollment during KanCare’s first year – at only 2.1 percent. That was consistent with growth at the national level of 1.3 percent for the same time period. However, it’s important to look at the Kansas Medicaid and CHIP programs separately to understand the trend.

• Unlike previous years, Kansas Medicaid saw essentially no growth (0.1 percent) in the number of children and families enrolled.
• CHIP added 6,500 children in 2013, the category with the largest increase in enrollment at 13.6 percent.

“This historically low growth rate in 2013 for Medicaid and CHIP is surprising, given that eligibility criteria didn’t change with the implementation of KanCare, and with all of the attention about health insurance options with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act,” said Scott Brunner, senior analyst and strategy team leader for coverage and access at KHI. “The Kansas economy has improved, which generally would result in fewer people being eligible for these public programs, but it isn’t yet clear what other factors might have contributed.”

To view the KHI issue brief, visit the website,

The Kansas Health Institute delivers credible information and research enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. The Kansas Health Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy and research organization based in Topeka that was established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.
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Kansas City, Kan., police reports

Sept. 8
Burglary, 1400 block of North 18th, business.
Burglary, criminal damage, 800 block of Tenny, television, video game system, window, $780 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 2500 block of Everett, door, currency, jewelry, $650 value.
Attempted aggravated burglary, criminal damage, 6000 block of Kansas Avenue, window frame, camera wire, $65 value.
Burglary, theft, 3300 block of Merriam, 57 gallons of diesel fuel, sledgehammer, tool case, $300 value.
Theft, 100 block of Osage, business, 2000 Ford Econoline, stolen and recovered, $3,000 value.
Attempted forgery, 7300 block of Leavenworth Road, Washington High School, counterfeit $20 bill.
Theft, 8700 block of Leavenworth Road, Jeep Cherokee Laredo, stolen and recovered, $1,000 value.
Auto theft, 8000 block of Leavenworth Road, Ford Ranger, $5,000 value.
Theft, 1800 block of South Pyle Street, Chevrolet 1500, $1,500 value.

Sept. 7
Burglary, 600 block of Freeman Court, video game system, video games, book bag, $1,030 value.
Burglary, 900 block of Hillcrest Drive, television, iPad, necklace, $2,100 value.
Attempted theft, criminal damage, 700 block of North 63rd, Chrysler Sebring ignition, window, $400 value.

Sept. 6
Burglary, criminal damage, 800 block of North 61st, air conditioner, air conditioner coil, furnace housing, $2,000 value.