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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

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Basil Dannebohm

“When you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you try to remember good moments.  For me, those were in Ellinwood.” That statement is from a young professional who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but has found a rewarding life back home in rural Kansas. 
11/26/2014 8:00:00 AM

Take Extra Precautions When Cooking for Large Groups

Food is always a great way to get people together, and often people like to cook food for big gatherings that might include large family meals for the holidays, concession stands, church suppers or community meals for the hungry. When a large number of people gather for a meal, food preparers and servers should take extra precautions to make sure they are practicing food safety.
11/19/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jim Correll - Fab Lab

Does your school have a lab? Maybe a laboratory for chemistry or biology? Today we’ll meet a school laboratory of a different sort. It is what’s called a Fab Lab. This Fab Lab is helping entrepreneurs develop new products. It even helped one little girl get a brand new right hand.  This is today’s Kansas Profile.
11/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


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

Education Important in Recognizing Food Allergens

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer update outlining the hazards of undeclared food allergens in certain food products. Fadi Aramouni, extension specialist and professor of food science at Kansas State University, is an expert in food processing and food product development. He said consumers should be aware of the FDA update, as food ingredient label education is important.
11/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

They’re Back: Tiny Mite Can Cause a Big Itch … and Pain

A tiny mite whose bite packs a surprisingly big wallop has reappeared in Kansas, and it may make you think twice about outdoor activities, especially in close proximity to oak trees.

11/7/2014 8:00:00 AM


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


The ebola crwww in Africa has the world’s full attention…and there is a wildlife link to the story, in that bats actively transmit the ebola virus in the African wild.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks this week about the role bats play in the movement of ebola, stressing that the chances of bats transmitting the disease in the U.S. are virtually nil.  

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM

Keeping Food Safe: Prevention Better Than Response

Each year in the United States, about 42,000 cases of salmonella infection are reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because many cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections is estimated to be close to 1 million.
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Grocer Forms Unique Relationship with Local Farmers

Rural Kansas Grocer Forms Unique Relationship with Local Farmers Video

Produce items adorned with oval-shaped gold stickers at Hiawatha Thiftway, located in northeast Kansas, are grown by local farmers. Store owner Tim White partners with the local farmers’ market to bring these locally grown foods into his store.

10/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Current food choices in the United States create a carbon footprint that is one-fourth larger than that created by Americans’ driving habits. But, how can we reduce the energy and waste created by the food we eat? A K-State Research and Extension publication offers dozens of ways to eat healthy while helping preserve the planet for future generations. Last week, we explored the meaning of a sustainable diet and some of the foods that promote sustainability.
10/2/2014 7:00:00 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