Elana Gordon

Elana Gordon covers the health beat at KCUR. She was previously a production assistant for KCURâ

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7:51am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Salt

Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 11:25 am

Visitors to one Kansas City hospital will no longer be able to buy a Big Mac on the premises.
Keith Srakocic AP

The McDonald's at the Truman Medical Centers' main campus in Kansas City, Mo., has closed, ending an epic, two-decade stint inside the hospital and making it the fifth health facility in the past few years to give the Big Mac the boot.

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2:47am

Tue November 13, 2012
Health

Missouri, Kansas Reject Health Exchanges

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:36 am

Immediately after last week's election, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange. Next door in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that Kansas will have no involvement in running a state exchange either. The moves open the door for increased federal involvement in health care in staunchly Republican territory.

11:42am

Mon April 9, 2012
The Salt

Fast Food Chains In Cafeterias Put Hospitals In A Bind

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 9:07 am

The McDonald's inside the Cleveland Clinic, 2004, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak AP

On one side of a wall inside the Truman Medical Center cafeteria in Kansas City, Missouri, the menu features low-calorie, low-fat and low-sodium meals. On the other side of the wall is a McDonald's, featuring hamburgers and french fries.

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2:33pm

Sun March 25, 2012
Health Care

Health Care Law Puts Free Clinics At A Crossroads

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 3:06 pm

The Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kan., is just one free clinic that might have to adjust the way it operates under the new health care law.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Free health clinics have long been places people turn to when they don't have health insurance or any money to pay for care. But the health law's expansion of coverage puts free clinics in uncharted territory.

While the law goes before the Supreme Court this week, health providers are already gearing up for a surge in patients with insurance.

Around the country, hundreds of free clinics have been established over the past 50 years to treat patients like Patsy Duarte.

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