Could managed care offset OK’s surge in Medicaid spending for emergency room visits?

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog
OKLAHOMA CITY — Medicaid-financed emergency room costs statewide grew nearly $10 million to $178.3 million in fiscal year 2013.
The increase, from $169.6 million in 2012, came as SoonerCare, the state Medicaid system, expanded to cover for the first time ever more than a quarter of the state’s 3.8 million people.
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Dole warns of ‘day of reckoning’ unless US curtails spending

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Federal Government, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

Bob Dole

Unless the United States is able to ratchet-back its uncontrolled spending, the burden will be heaped on future generations, former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole said to a crowd of friends and former constituents Monday afternoon.

“We keep spending and spending money we don’t have, and maybe our generation will escape,” Dole stated. “But someday there’s going to be a day of reckoning.”

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Police won’t discuss innocent driver flagged by license plate reader error

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Kansas, law enforcement, News  /  No Comments

ALWAYS WATCHING: The Prairie Village Police Department has maintained a vehicle with automatic license plate scanning capabilities since April 2013.

The Prairie Village Police Department doesn’t want to talk about the automatic license plate reader error that led to an innocent driver being pulled over by law enforcement, gun unholstered, during rush hour traffic a week ago. Capt. Wes Lovett, PVPD patrol commander, acknowledged that he did exchange emails with the Prairie Village Post about the matter early last week, but said he didn’t like the tone of Publisher Jay Senter’s article. Since then Lovett said he has declined to speak with other media about the traffic stop, and believed it wouldn’t be fair to discuss the matter with Kansas Watchdog.

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Week in Review: Cameras, economics, violence and drugs

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

Huell money

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — By now you’ve been eyeing this weekend with thoughts of glazed hams, colored eggs and chocolate rabbits running through your head. But wait!
Before you go hunting for your own basket, check out ours, loaded with news confections we’ve been collecting since Monday.
And I promise, you won’t have [...]

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Watchdog report spurs Wichita police spending scrutiny

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Kansas, law enforcement, Marijuana, News, Open Records, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Wichita Police Department can’t seem to catch a break.

Only hours after Kansas Watchdog revealed yesterday the law enforcement agency’s massive spike in drug tax revenue – the spending of which Capt. Doug Nolte said the police department doesn’t track – local media pounced.

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