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THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE Play Audio



If you’re going to buy health insurance coverage for 2015 in a health insurance marketplace – which would be different than purchasing it through an employer plan or Medicare or Medicaid – you need to make a decision by February 15th.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 9.5 million people had enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces through mid-January. The HHS reports that nearly 76,000 Kansans had selected plans – up from 57,000 in 2014.  K-State Research and Extension resource management specialist, Elizabeth Kiss, and Roberta Riportella, the Kansas Health Foundation professor of Community Health at Kansas State University, co-authored a publication to assist Kansans signing up for health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
 

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


Take Steps to Better Health: Walk Kansas Starts March 15



It’s as simple as putting one step in front of another. That’s the idea behind Walk Kansas, an eight-week K-State Research and Extension program that starts March 15, designed to promote activity and better health.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM


WHAT’S NEW FOR WALK KANSAS 2015? Play Audio



Walk Kansas, based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, is a team based program that encourages participants to accomplish one of three goals: walk across Kansas, walk across Kansas and back or walk the perimeter of the state. The eight week challenge begins March 15th and runs through May 9th. This year’s theme is Walk Tall, Walk Strong, Walk Kansas. Sharolyn Jackson, state coordinator of Walk Kansas, discusses the benefits of the program and some of the new components that have been added for this year’s challenge.
 

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


Regional farmers’ market vendor workshops planned



Kansas farmers’ markets across the state are doing much more than just providing a fresh food source. The farmers offering their produce, as well as the consumers taking advantage of the farm-fresh offerings are also simulating the local economy. There are now 130 active farmers’ markets in Kansas compared to the 26 in operation in 1987. The growth in this sector helps provide Kansans with more revenue and more high-quality food choices.
12/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Health Insurance Smarts: What Are My Consumer Rights?



Premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, copayments and provider networks are among the many items you might consider before choosing a health insurance policy that best suits you and your family’s needs. Most likely your current state of health and financial situation also will play a role in the decision.
12/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Health Insurance in Kansas: Will I Pay More in 2015?



By Roberta Riportella, Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension

Consumers might read or hear mixed information about premium increases in the Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace. Premiums are the monthly fixed costs you will pay for your health insurance policy.
12/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Health Insurance Smarts: How Do I Use Health Insurance?



People don’t tend to plan for illness or injury, but the unexpected does happen. Health insurance, like any other type of insurance, covers you for the unexpected. But it also can help improve your health if you use the many free preventive care benefits offered by your health insurance policy, said Roberta Riportella, Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health at Kansas State University.
12/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


Health Insurance in Kansas: Are Premiums Increasing?



Recent reports have circulated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not treated Kansas well. Some point to the rise in premiums, or the fixed monthly costs you pay for health insurance, and that in Kansas, the rise in these premiums is more compared to the rest of the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the political nature of evaluating the success of the ACA, there is disagreement by analysts over the accuracy and the relevance of the numbers.
12/10/2014 8:00:00 AM


Health Insurance Smarts: How Does Health Insurance Work?



With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, having health insurance became required by law. A main goal of the ACA is to increase the number of people insured, said Roberta Riportella, Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health at Kansas State University, and those who are uninsured could face a penalty at tax time.
12/8/2014 8:00:00 AM


How has the Affordable Care Act Affected Kansas?



By Roberta Riportella, Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension

Many reports have said the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not treated Kansas well. In fact, lots of negative things have been said about the ACA. It may be too soon to evaluate the impact of this major legislation, as a lot of the negativity reflects a point of view that doesn’t believe the government should be involved in expanding health insurance. All sides seem to be biased in evaluating the success of the ACA.


12/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


World Soil Day: Celebrate the Many Benefits of Soil Dec. 5



World Soil Day Dec. 5, 2014 Video

In a lab at Kansas State University, soil microbiologist Chuck Rice pours red-colored water from a flask through a funnel filled with soil. After several seconds, the water drips from the funnel into a beaker, but this time the water runs clear. The demonstration shows how soil can improve water quality, but that’s only one of the many benefits of this often-overlooked, finite natural resource.

12/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


Health Insurance Smarts: Why the Need for Health Insurance?



Purchasing insurance is a major financial decision regardless of need—life, home, farm, car and health, as examples. Just like purchasing insurance for the motor vehicles you have out on the roads, securing health insurance for yourself and your family is also required by a law, in this case, by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


12/1/2014 8:00:00 AM


THE EATING MARATHON HAS BEGUN Play Audio



We’re in the early stages of what many call an eating marathon – which started with Halloween and runs through Valentine’s. Also along the marathon route are Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and the Super Bowl. So, how can we enjoy all of these occasions without packing on the pounds? K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences specialist for northeast Kansas, Sharolyn Jackson, says eating in moderation and being physically active are two of the best ways to avoid gaining weight over the next several months.
 

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


PREPARING FOR THANKSGIVING Play Audio



According to the National Turkey Federation, 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. And, they’re eating a lot of it! 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving and 22 million are eaten each Christmas. A common fear associated with fixing a turkey is overcooking it and having it turn into turkey jerky. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee says choosing and preparing a turkey isn’t complicated – if you plan ahead and follow a few simple steps.
 

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


U.S. Malaria Cases Increase with International Travel



MosquitoThe number of malaria cases in the United States is rising, a trend that can be linked to the increasing amount of international travel and inadequate use of prevention methods.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM


Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift



Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM


K-State Experts Address Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Meal Costs



Thanksgiving TurkeyTurkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie—all are common Thanksgiving Day foods. The good news for consumers is that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is slightly down per person this year, compared to last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) recently released data.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM


Push Processed Trans Fats Aside



Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM


Poor Bone Health



Poor bone health is common and costly.
1/23/2009 8:00:00 AM


Bone Fractures



Caring for bone fractures due to osteoporosis costs America $18 billion yearly.
1/23/2009 8:00:00 AM