Tag: Kansas

UnitedHealthcare’s Health Plan to Aid Kansas City’s Employers

UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s UNH business, UnitedHealthcare, recently expanded its relationship with Saint Luke’s Health System and Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Notably, the relation between UnitedHealthcare and Saint Luke’s can be traced back to 2017 when an accountable care organization (ACO) was formed through which UnitedHealthcare continues to facilitate improved level of data and assistance to Saint Luke’s physicians.

The latest collaboration has resulted in the development of a health plan — the Core Essential plan. The plan, likely to be effective from Jan 1 of next year, intends to benefit fully insured and self-funded employers in Johnson and Wyandotte counties situated in Kansas, and, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties situated in Missouri.

It’s worth mentioning that employers can avail the latest health plan, even if they have offices or facilities in other counties across Kansas and Missouri apart from the five specified ones as long as majority of their

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UnitedHealthcare Introduces New Health Plan Offering Lower Premiums and a High-Performing Network in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kansas City-area employers can save up to 15% on monthly premiums with a new health plan from UnitedHealthcare that features Saint Luke’s Health System and Children’s Mercy Kansas City in its high-performing network.

The new Core Essential plan provides eligible participants access to Saint Luke’s Health System, which is continually recognized on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals list. Saint Luke’s consists of 18 hospitals and campuses, 10 convenient care clinics, more than 130 primary care and specialty offices treating patients in 65 specialty services, home care and hospice, behavioral health care and a senior living community. Plan participants can access care from Saint Luke’s affiliated physicians and enjoy the flexibility of seeing their doctor through telehealth services.

The network also includes Children’s Mercy, one of the top pediatric health systems in the country. Children’s Mercy is consistently named one of the best children’s

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No internet? The unusual ways some Kansas City area students access online classes

Knowing that several of his kids’ friends are relying on cellphone data or spotty internet to stream hours-long Zoom classes each day, Brian Connell decided to turn his Olathe basement into a classroom.

His family enjoys gigabit speed from Google Fiber. But he said many of his daughter’s classmates at Olathe North High School are hanging on by a thread, relying on sluggish internet to get through the school day. So he’s opened his doors, offering access to his Wi-Fi and extra computers.

“There’s a huge discrepancy,” he said. “We’re really worried about them. It’s not equal.”

But it’s not just a problem for some Olathe students: With most urban and suburban schools in the Kansas City area relying on virtual education or hybrid models of teaching during the pandemic, many local school systems and families have been scrambling to find ways to keep their kids connected — a

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Some technology issues as more Kansas schools begin classes

Students and teachers facing an already challenging new school year dealt with technology issues as more Kansas school districts reopened Tuesday with many students working online.

In Olathe, service was interrupted Tuesday morning when nearly 50,000 users on separate devices tried to log on to the district’s online teaching system that is designed for 30,000 students, school officials said.

The district’s middle and high school students were using only remote learning, while elementary students started with a hybrid of online and in-person classes.

The district had previously increased its bandwidth. After more servers were added, the disruption was cleared by mid-morning Tuesday, said spokesman Cody Kennedy, who declined to speculate on why traffic on the system was so unexpectedly heavy.

In Wichita, where students in sixth through 12th grades were only online and elementary students started with the hybrid model, the district had enough devices for online students

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