Healthcare and Insurance

Coping with COVID: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine gets FDA approval for teens aged 12 to 15

The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for children ages 12 and up, the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday. "We know this is a big step for our country. Vaccinating a younger population brings us closer to returning to a sense of… more

MRIGlobal secures contract with Homeland Security


KCMO health director to retire

Kansas City Health Director Dr. Rex Archer announced Tuesday he plans to retire at then end of this summer. Archer, head of the city’s heath department, said his final day will be Aug. 1. He said he and his wife… more

Coping with COVID: FDA authorization pending for use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on ages 12 to 15

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12-15, possibly by the end of the week. This would mean all high schoolers and even most middle schoolers would… more

Missouri Senate votes ‘no’ to funding Medicaid expansion

On Wednesday night, the Missouri Senate on Wednesday voted against funding a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid. Missouri voters passed to expand the program back in 2020. Some Republicans, including the Senate's budget leader, held that with Medicaid expansion the state… more

KC metro county opens COVID vaccine eligibility

The Unified Government Public Health Department announced that it will now offer free, COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone age 16 and over, regardless of where they live or work. This includes people who live outside of Kansas, and is a change… more

Hays Medical Center, KU Health System to operate independently

KU Health System and Hays Medical Center decided to pull back from an affiliation deal and operate independently, according to a Hays Post report. The affiliation is four years long, going back to 2016. Hays kept their own boards, leadership… more

AdventHealth Shawnee, Olathe Medical Center make 2021 Top 100 Hospitals list

Two Kansas City-area hospitals made the cut for the 2021 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, which highlights the nation’s top-performing hospitals and health systems.  Hospitals on the list were measured on aspects such as clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient… more

Coping with COVID: Evening appointments open for COVID vaccine through KCMO Health Department


Closed Saint Luke’s hospital in Leavenworth to get new tenant

Renovations will soon begin on a vacant building in Leavenworth, Kan. once known as Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital. The health system announced in summer 2020 it would be closing the hospital, citing financial strain. Its doors officially closed in October… more