Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Finn Bullers addressing the Prairie Village City Council.
Finn Bullers addressing the Prairie Village City Council.

Finn Bullers case points out troubles with privatization of Medicaid. The Pitch’s Steve Vockrodt has a lengthy piece this week exploring the effects of Kansas’s privatized Medicaid services on the care disabled individuals are receiving. The story focuses on Finn Bullers, the northeast Johnson County man whose troubles with KanCare received considerable media attention two years ago. Now, Bullers says, he spent days stuck at Shawnee Mission Health because the state didn’t have anywhere else to send him. [Gov. Sam Brownback says privatized Medicaid is working in Kansas, but some patients and hospitals don’t see it — The Pitch]

Merriam police host active shooter training. The Merriam Police Department held two sessions of “active shooter” training at the Merriam Visitors Bureau last week to help businesses prepare for how to react if a gunman enters their business. [Merriam businesses receive training for ‘active shooter’ scenario – The Kansas City Star]

Insurance enrollment event Friday in Mission. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will host a health insurance enrollment event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the JCDHE’s Mission location at 6000 Lamar, Room 500. Professionally-trained navigators will be available to help individuals and families renew their existing coverage or find new plans. In order to enroll, individuals must bring an email and working password plus birthdates, social security numbers for everyone in the household, 2016 projected income, tax filing status and immigration documentation.

Dumpster bag time limited in Roeland Park. The Roeland Park City Council Tuesday agreed to limit the use of dumpster bags to 10 days. Councilor Teresa Kelly voted against the motion. Kelly said the dumpster bags are not a sustainable option and that she does not approve of their use in the city for that reason. Mayor Joel Marquardt also had been critical of the bags at a previous session, saying he thought they should be outlawed. All other councilors voted in favor of the new time restriction and requiring that contents be contained in the bag when not in use for one hour.

Roeland Park holds closed session on land acquisition. The Roeland Park City Council moved into an executive session Monday night to discuss real estate acquisition that is next to city property and to get legal advice about development.

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