Celia Llopis-Jepsen, KMUW

Celia Llopis-Jepsen


Lawrence, KS, United States

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Recent articles by Celia:

Kansas university workers must get COVID shots, but Kansas law makes enforcement difficult

It’s unclear how many employees already got the shots. Pittsburg State University says 80% of its benefit-earning workers got vaccinated when the school offered bonuses. → Read More

Kansas defends its decision to redact whole pages of a $100,000 drug spending report

Law professors who reviewed the redacted content for the Kansas News Service struggled to understand why the state would consider it legal to black out the information. → Read More

Kansas hid parts of a $100,000 audit of drug spending. Experts say the state went too far

A state agency said its redactions shield trade secrets. But the text below the black remained readable. So we took it to experts in antitrust and public records law. → Read More

Kansas audited its $80 million CVS prescription plan, but it's still shrouded in mystery

Taxpayers and state employees could be paying too much for medications. Experts say a 16-page audit commissioned by Kansas doesn't dig in to find out. → Read More

Here's A Glimmer Of Hope That The Delta Surge In Kansas Is Slowing

This summer, the delta variant of COVID-19 filled Kansas hospital beds at a dizzying speed. A month ago, the numbers plateaued, then started a gradual downward slope. → Read More

Landing in the hospital with COVID-19 is getting more expensive. Here’s why.

KANSAS — For many Kansans, landing in the hospital with COVID-19 could easily cost thousands more dollars now than earlier in the pandemic. It’s the latest, financial reason that experts encourage people to get vaccinated. The vast majority of people hospitalized with the coronavirus today never got their shots against the disease. Getting the coronavirus […] → Read More

A Kansas Doctor Tells The Story Of Sending Her Critically Ill COVID Patient 570 Miles Away

With the coronavirus surging again, smaller hospitals in Kansas can't count on the life-saving help of bigger, nearby facilities. → Read More

Short-Staffed, Fatigued And Filling Up, Kansas Hospitals Struggle Again With COVID Surge

Cases and hospitalizations have multiplied so swiftly over the past six weeks that Kansas finds itself far worse off going into this school year and fall season than during the pandemic last year. → Read More

Kansas Investigates Obscure But Powerful Part Of The Drug Supply Chain: Pharmacy Middlemen

Being a middleman in the $1 trillion pharmaceutical industry is big business. The middlemen can even earn more than the drugmakers on prescription drugs. → Read More

Kansas Researchers Are Helping Test A Vaccine Against A Virus That Causes Pneumonia

Parts of the U.S., including Kansas and Missouri, are seeing an unusual summertime uptick in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. → Read More

Kansas Coronavirus Cases Skyrocket From Hundreds To Thousands Per Week

Kansas hospitals are filling beds fast, and some are turning away seriously ill COVID patients from other areas or asking nurses to sign up for extra shifts. → Read More

COVID Is Putting As Many Kansans In The Hospital As It Did In March

Even before kids head back to school — mostly unvaccinated — Kansas is seeing a troubling spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. → Read More

'Never Pay The First Bill' And Other Advice To Battle A Suspiciously High Hospital Bill

Legal experts say just because you received care doesn't entitle a hospital to a bonkers high price. Still, fighting an unreasonable bill takes some work. → Read More

Here Are Some Of The Kansas Hospitals Flouting A Federal Rule To Publish Their Prices

Hospitals sued unsuccessfully to block the price transparency rule in court. The rule took effect in January, but experts say hospitals may prefer risking fines to complying. → Read More

While Kansas Keeps Hospital Data Under Lock And Key, Colorado Helps Employers Dig Into Cost Of Care

Some employers in Colorado have figured out a simple fact that could save millions on medical bills. Hospitals are the pricey place for outpatient care. → Read More

Kansas Knows What Hospitals Get Paid, But Says It Can't Tell A Group That Compares Prices Nationally

Kansas remains among a shrinking number of states that store detailed information about health care prices, but that won’t share it with a prominent think → Read More

Help For College, Rent And More Now Available For Former Foster Kids Into Their Mid-20s

Stormy Lukasavage wanted to go to college. So he did his homework on what steps he needed to make it happen, from scholarships to tuition waivers. “It’s → Read More

Kansas Now Has The Beds It Needs For Most Kids Awaiting Psychiatric Care, But Not The Workers

OLATHE, Kan. (Kansas News Service) — Psychiatric facilities across Kansas added enough beds last year to potentially dramatically cut the number of children waiting for intensive mental health care. But about 100 of those spots remain empty — in large part because organizations can’t find workers. In recent years, children have had to wait months […] → Read More

Kansas Now Has The Beds It Needs For Most Kids Awaiting Psychiatric Care, But Not The Workers

Psychiatric facilities across Kansas added enough beds last year to potentially dramatically cut the number of children waiting for intensive mental health → Read More

Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Means Many More Kansans Can Get Free Or Cheap Health Insurance

Tens of thousands of uninsured Kansans qualify for enough government subsidies to get free health insurance. That was the case even before the passage of → Read More