KDHE announces $6.3 million in grants to primary care clinics, including about $1.2 million for Sedgwick County

TOPEKA – Seven Sedgwick County health clinics received more than $1.2 million from the state to help provide primary health care to undeserved Kansans.

Tuesday, Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced the grants, ranging from $17,872 to $453,517, to 39 clinics through out Kansas.

“The services these clinics provide are critically important, making available needed health care services for families without health insurance or those who cannot afford the high cost of care,” said KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby.

In 2008, nearly 180,000 Kansans received health care at a state-funded primary care clinic, the department said in the release. Nearly 60 percent of these patients were uninsured, and over 65 percent were in households that earn less than the federal poverty level.

Area clinics receiving grants were:

  • Center for Health and Wellness, Inc. $105,00 for primary care, $15,000 for prescription assistance

  • E.C. Tyree Health and Dental Clinic, $80,000 for primary care

  • Good Samaritan Clinic, $88,400 for primary care, $12,000 for prescription assistance

  • GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc., $350,000 for primary care, $40,000 for prescription assistance

  • Guadalupe Clinic, $80,000 for primary care, $20,000 for prescription assistance

  • Health Options for Kansas Communities, $50,000 for primary care, $12,000 for prescription assistance

  • Hunter Health Clinic, $320,000 for primary care, $40,000 for prescription assistance.

For more, read Wednesday’s Wichita Eagle.

Coal debate planned Thursday in both chambers

TOPEKA – Kansas lawmakers plan to leave for their annual three-week spring break Friday.

First, however, they’ll mount one more attempt to resurrect two coal plants rejected by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Both the House and Senate expect to take up the contentious issue Thursday.

The legislation would eliminate the discretionary power a state regulator used to reject the plants in 2007. State Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby cited carbon emissions in his refusal to grant a permit to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build two coal-fired plants in Western Kansas.

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