Missouri approves expanding Medicaid eligibility




By Roberta Pardo On Tuesday (Aug. 4), Missouri became the 38th state to expand Medicaid eligibility, as voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment providing health coverage to more than 200,000 uninsured Missourians. With 99% of the polls reporting, Amendment 2, also known as the Medicaid expansion ballot measure, was approved by 74,000 votes. “In the […]

Public Health Experts Issue Warning, “We are Once Again Losing the Battle with COVID-19”




Health Department officials from across the Core 4 jurisdictions that make up the Kansas City metropolitan area have published an open letter to the public about the importance of wearing masks in public in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our area and prevent another economic shutdown. The group says that recent data […]

Missouri to vote on Medicaid expansion in Aug. 4 elections




By Roberta Pardo Missouri voters will weigh in on more than party candidates in the Aug. 4 elections; they also will decide whether to expand the federal/health state care program known as Medicaid to cover more people. If a “yes” vote wins, Amendment 2 would allow adults with incomes up to 133% of the federal […]

Wearing masks, hand washing and social distancing can stop COVID-19, study finds




By Roberta Pardo A new study reveals that three simple behaviors could stop most of the COVID-19 pandemic, even without a vaccine or additional treatments. If people wore masks, washed their hands regularly and kept their social distance from one another, the spread of the pandemic could be stopped, according to the study, published Tuesday […]

More Latinos getting infected with COVID-19




By Angie Baldelomar Official statistics show that Latinos are hospitalized and dying from the coronavirus (COVID-19) at four times the rates of whites, but even those high numbers may be seriously underestimated, according to a recent report by the Washington Post. “Latinos are dying in this pandemic, and are likely being undercounted due to the […]

JCDHE’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing




JCDHE’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Gardner open to Johnson County residents and employees age 12 and older JOHNSON COUNTY, KAN. (July 6, 2020) – If you live or work in Johnson County, Kansas and are age 12 and older, you can get a free COVID-19 test on Friday, July 10 from 8-11 a.m., or until […]

FDA Warns Against Using These 9 Hand Sanitizers




By Peter Urban, AARP The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem after samples of the Mexican company’s hand sanitizer were found to contain methanol (wood alcohol), which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient […]

Governor Laura Kelly Announces the Phase-In of Drive Tests




  Dept. of Revenue takes precautions against COVID-19 while keeping safety and health top-of-mind TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly directed the Kansas Department of Revenue to begin phasing in the availability of drive tests. To start administering these tests, steps had to be taken to ensure the health and well-being of all who interact with the Kansas […]

Las infidelidades llevan el Covid-19 a casa




Durante la pandemia he recibido invitaciones para hablar sobre cómo la cuarentena podría afectar a las parejas. El enemigo silencioso está generando divorcios y violencia en familias y parejas. Casi todos se preguntan: ¿afectará este demonio, convertido en un virus diminuto, la vida sexual de los humanos del planeta? En los años 90, trabajé mucho […]

Have fun this summer, despite COVID-19




Commentary by Tere Siqueira Although the coronavirus pandemic is showing signs of slowing up, we all need to stay safe and stay home as much as possible a while longer. Summer can be a huge challenge for families with children under normal circumstances. Most children are at home during the summer because they are not […]