Healthcare and Insurance

KU School of Medicine Sending Reinforcements

         The University of Kansas School of Medicine is joining the ranks of institutions like Harvard University and New York University to muster additional health-care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.     More than 50 senior students from… more

Blue KC Waves Co-Pays, Takes Other Measures

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, which provides insurance services to more than 1 million people in the greater Kansas City area, announced it is waiving all member cost sharing and copayments for inpatient hospital admissions due to… more

Employment Falls By 700,000 in March

Total payroll employment in March fell by 701,000 primarily due to COVID-19, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, and the unemployment rate hit 4.4 percent, up 0.9 percent from the previous month. That marks the biggest… more

KU Health Says COVID-19 Census Steady

The University of Kansas Health System reported this morning that its inpatient census of COVID-19 was unchanged since Friday, at 33, a hopeful sign that efforts to contain the spread were paying off. Three of the physicans at the main… more

Projections See Potential for Overwhelmed KC Hospitals

The Harvard Global Health Institute has released an analysis that offers, for the first time, a look at which areas of the nation--including the Kansas City market--would see hospital facilities stretched beyond capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The… more

Report: Missouri Will Be the Last State to See a COVID-19 Peak

The State of Missouri will experience its peak of resources needed to deal with COVID-19 on May 19, the longest it will take all 50 states to hit that milestone, according to a report from the University of Washington's Institute… more

Manufacturers Called to War on COVID-19

Beyond the now-familiar concepts of stay-at-home directives, social distancing and more deliberate personal care, the war on COVID-19 continues to expand on another front: manufacturing. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has called on manufacturers to help produce personal protective equipment to… more

COVID-Driven Cost Cuts Hit Stormont Vail Salaries 

Robert Kenagy, CEO of Stormont Vail Health, has issued a note to employees regarding salary cuts at one of the region's largest medical centers while it copes with the costs of fighting the COVID-19 virus. In an email sent Tuesday… more

Philanthropists, Corporations Step Up in Coping With COVID-19

Local philanthropists, corporations and nonprofit organizations have joined forces to help the city’s most vulnerable population. “Our region is pulling together in an extraordinary way,” explained David Warm, executive director of Mid-America Regional Council, one of the organizations involved. “This fund… more

Missouri COVID Cases Top 1,300, Kansas Sees 428

The COVID-19 spread is growing in both Missouri and Kansas. As of yesterday, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services reported that there are 1,327 cases and 14 deaths, spread across counties around the state. In Kansas there are… more