Celia Llopis-Jepsen, KMUW

Celia Llopis-Jepsen


Lawrence, KS, United States

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Past articles by Celia:

The first transgender lawmaker in Kansas, Stephanie Byers, will not seek a second term

Byers withdrew her filing to run for reelection Friday. → Read More

Generational poverty hurts the health of people in southeast Kansas and Wyandotte County

The disparities between Wyandotte and its neighbor to the south — Johnson County — remain the most dramatic contrast in the state. → Read More

Generational poverty hurts the health of people in southeast Kansas and Wyandotte County

The disparities between Wyandotte and its neighbor to the south — Johnson County — remain the most dramatic contrast in the state. → Read More

A Kansas sheriff's office is raiding shops that sell THC and seizing the products

Advocacy groups consider the move harassment of business owners. Cannabis products are legal in Kansas only with very small amounts of hemp-derived THC. → Read More

The Kaw will reunite with a sacred rock that Lawrence used as a monument to white people

The more than 20-ton quartzite boulder was a place for ceremonies and song. 'It was like our church. Our church was taken away from us,' a Kaw leader says. → Read More

In Johnson County, biologists are poisoning trees to save birds and butterflies

Nearly 1,000 people who chop down a Bradford or other Callery pear in their yards this spring will get to pick a free native tree. → Read More

1 in 6 Kansans lives in a food desert. Some in central Topeka insist they can build an oasis

A Dillons grocery store closed. Three central Topeka census tracts became federally designated food deserts. Now a local movement aims to fill the gap. → Read More

New rule lets low-income people in Kansas keep shopping for health insurance

People who earn 150% or less of the federally defined poverty level can get enough subsidies to fully cover the premiums of certain insurance plans. → Read More

KU clinical trial seeks Black Wichita residents with diabetes

The 18-week program aims to help people troubleshoot the daily situations that stand between them and better health. → Read More

Opioids are killing more people than ever, and Kansas lags other states on these steps to help

Evidence is mounting that good Samaritan laws save lives. Kansas is one of just a few states without a law to encourage people to call 911 if a friend is overdosing. → Read More

A few Kansas jails are finally allowing medical care for opioid addiction

Since August 2020, more than 200 people have started treatment for drug addiction at Crawford County Jail. Most continued their treatment after leaving jail. → Read More

Yes, more and more of your paycheck goes to health care in Kansas and Missouri. Here's why

Health care spending is growing a lot faster than inflation and per-capita income. But it's not because we're getting tons more care. It's because prices rise so fast. → Read More

A Johnson County woman created a blood drive before she died. It's needed now more than ever

Hospitals in the Kansas City region are shuttling blood supplies among them daily, trying to make sure blood gets to where its needed amid a national shortage. → Read More

Dealers are spiking drugs with fentanyl, and killing even more Kansans during the pandemic

Drug users who think they're taking one substance sometimes unknowingly take fentanyl that's mixed in to increase potency. Small doses of fentanyl can kill. → Read More

These cannabis products sold in Kansas could get you high, and maybe arrested

Shops in Hays have been told to turn over their stocks of delta-8 THC products to law enforcement, or they could face criminal repercussions. → Read More

One of America's richest companies pays Kansas $27.6 million over Medicaid 'misconduct'

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Centene kept Kansas in the dark about drug discounts and used other strategies to squeeze more profit out of the state's Medicaid program. → Read More

Lee Norman steps down as Kansas health secretary after a high profile during the pandemic

Dr. Lee Norman was the face of public health through the COVID-19 pandemic. That also made him a target of criticism from Republicans. He also faced internal tension with Gov. Laura Kelly's administration. → Read More

A private company asked Kansas to hide public information, so the state obliged

In Oregon, a city is hiding from a newspaper how much of the region’s precious water Google uses to cool its servers — claiming it’s a Google trade secret. A Utah county refused to show a disability rights center its jail manuals for things such as hygiene and medical care — because the author had copyrighted them. Virginia pre-emptively […] → Read More

Thousands of uninsured Kansans qualify for free health insurance with federal subsidies

The annual window has opened to enroll in insurance plans through Healthcare.gov. Got questions? Local health clinics employ navigators who can help. → Read More

Battle between Blue Cross of Kansas and Lawrence hospital heats up, with patients in the middle

A think tank that studied hospital insurance claims from across the country found large health plans got a better deal at LMH Health than the national average. → Read More