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THE IOLA REGISTER Monday, October 7, 2013

SEK hit hard by Medicaid limits

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By SUSAN LYNN susan@iolaregister.com

It was hard news to deliver for such an avid advocate of the new health care law. Southeast Kansas, particularly, will be hit hard by the state’s decision to not expand its Medicaid program as provided by the federal government. “That decision, alone, will keep thousands of your citizens from enjoying health insurance for perhaps the first time in their lives,” said Sheldon Weisgrau. Weisgrau addressed an audience of about 60 on Thursday night at the Townhouse West assembly room. He is touring the state informing audiences about the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act on behalf of six major health care organizations, including the Weisgrau REACH Healthcare Foundation and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, both of which have a presence in Allen County through their support of the Rural Health Institute, Thrive Allen County, SAFE BASE after-school program, Hope Unlimited, and others. The idea under the new Affordable Care Act was to make health insurance available to everyone. For those who lived below the federal poverty line — $11,500 for an individual and $23,550 for a family of four — they were to receive health insurance by being enrolled in a state’s Medicaid program, which is primarily for the poor and disabled. The government figured if a state expanded its Medicaid guidelines to accept people whose incomes came to within 138 percent of the federal poverty line (FPL), or $15,856 for an individual and $28,000 for a family of four — then that would cover the U.S. population. For those living at the FPL and up to 400 percent above, the Affordable Care Act pro-

HUMBODLT — Thousands of spectators flooded into Humboldt and crowded streets downtown Saturday to see the 56th annual Biblesta Parade in made-to-order fall weather. They weren’t disappointed. The “3” Rusty Nails — Lloyd Houk, Mike Farran and Ricky Yeager — set the stage for the day’s entertainment with an 11 a.m. reunion concert, ahead of rousing gospel music by The Missourians. The parade, nearly an hour long, depicted scenes from the Bible with floats that drew exclamations and spontaneous applause throughout its route. Dr. Arthur Carlson conceived the Christian celebration during a prayer meeting in 1957 and the grand prize winning float is named in his honor. This year St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Humboldt, had the winning entry with “The River of Life,” from Revelations 22:1-2. The float was replete with a tree, other foliage and a stream running its length over a bed of stones.

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Humboldt United Methodist Church’s float, “The Lord is Exalted,” was recognized for its authenticity at Humboldt’s Biblesta Parade Saturday. The “3” Rusty Nails — Lloyd Houk, Ricky Yeager and Mike Farran — performed for the Christian celebration in a reunion concert. REGISTER/BOB

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Shutdown spawns vacuum of farm info By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press

Gene Weatherbie surveys his hay maze, located at his farm north of LaHarpe. He has been building the mazes for 15 years. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ

15 years of a‘maze’ment By STEVEN SCHWARTZ steven@iolaregister.com

LAHARPE — “I just start stacking it,” Gene Weatherbie said, standing next to his back porch, overlooking the 300-bale hay maze he has constructed for this year’s fall season. Weatherbie has been building hay mazes out of large, round bales every year for the past 15 years. He started the tradition after building

a maze for the flag-football team he coached. He lives north of LaHarpe, on Texas Road, and his 300-acre property is perfectly suited for the seasonal entertainment. This year’s maze is nothing short of incredible. The bales are intricately stacked end-to-end, creating narrow pathways for families to wander through. Weatherbie said the space in his backyard has been dedicated completely to the maze. There’s no doubt

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of that. An entryway where he takes tickets marks the beginning of a Halloween experience. In addition to the maze, there are campfires, wooded meadows, faux graveyards and dark tunnels, to name a few. When Weatherbie originally started building the mazes, they were constructed out of around 90 bales; now the size has tripled. He has anywhere See MAZE | Page A4

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Tim Peterson finished planting his 900 acres of winter wheat last week, the usually market-savvy Kansas farmer unexpectedly found himself struggling to make critical marketing decisions without being able to access to vital agricultural reports, casualties of the federal government shutdown. “We have no clue what is going on in the market,” said Peterson, who farms near Monument in northwest Kansas. He typically protects his investment in seed and fertilizer by “locking in” the price his wheat crop will fetch next July with a futures contract that shields farmers from market fluctuations by guaranteeing a price while the crop is in the ground. Farmers and livestock producers use the reports put out by the National Agriculture Statistics Service to make decisions — such as how to price crops, which commodities to grow and when to sell them — as well as track cattle auction prices. Not only has the NASS stopped put-

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ting out new reports about demand and supply, exports and prices, but all websites with past information have been taken down. “It is causing a direct void in information that is immediate,” Peterson said. This worries him far more than his other problem: When will his $20,000 subsidy check from the government, which usually comes in October, arrive? Since the U.S. Agriculture Department’s local farm services offices also have been shuttered, farmers can’t apply for new loans, sign up acreages for government programs or receive government checks for programs they’re already enrolled in. And at a time when researchers who are seeking new wheat varieties and plant traits should be planting experimental plots, all work has ground to a halt. Kansas Farmer’s Union president Donn Teske, a grower in the northeast Kansas town of Wheaton, worried about payments he’s owed for idling some environmentally sensitive land See FARMS | Page A4

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Robert D. Arnett, 82, LaHarpe, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. Robert was born Aug. 17, 1931, on a farm east of Chanute, the son of Cecil and Hazel (Smith) Arnett. He graduated from Chanute High School. On Jan. 26, 1952, Robert married Lou Gericke and they made their home in Chanute until 1966 when they moved to Iola. In 1980 they moved to LaHarpe. He worked as a carpet layer for 40 years. Robert Arnett Robert enjoyed making furniture in his woodworking shop and spending time in the garden. Survivors include his wife, Lou; a daughter, Beverly Higinbotham and husband, Don, of LaHarpe; three grandchildren, Carey Dean, Chris Dean and Michael Weiland and wife, Sue. He was preceded in death by a brother John, sister Mary Fagel and brothers-in-law Wayne and Robert Gericke. Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Thursday, at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola, where the family will receive friends prior to the service. Burial will be in Shaw Cemetery southeast of Chanute. Memorials may be made to Allen County Animal Rescue Facility and left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.

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Betty Jean Sprague, 77, of Colony, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Allen County Hospital in Iola. She was born on June 18, 1936 in Colony, the daughter of Lester and Erma Pearl Cole. Betty began school in Colony. As a young girl, she had fond memories of riding ponies and being on the farm with her family. She discovered her cooking skills after taking home economics in school. Her brothers remember her for helping their Betty Sprague mother in the kitchen and helping to take care of them. At the age of 16, she began working in the concession stand at the local drive-in. Betty graduated from Iola High School in 1954. On Feb. 14, 1956, Betty was united in marriage to Harold Sprague. When they were dating Harold joked that he wanted 23 kids, later revising that number to 17. Betty still agreed to marry him and they went on to have seven children between the years of 1957 and 1974. Betty took care to clean the house and especially “encouraged’ the children to help. She was awesome at cooking and canning, even winning Grand Champion at the Kincaid Fair with some of her entries. Her children remember her for her homemade doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Betty began work outside of the home after her youngest child was in school. She started out working in the sewing factory in Iola, then in Burlington and Chanute. She then worked at Midland Brake, where she often took cinnamon rolls. After many years at Midland Brake, then Haldex, Betty retired at age 62. Betty also raised and sold exotic birds, at one point, raising over 100 at one time. Harold began tractor pulling in the late 1960s and she went along too, missing only one due to the birth their son, Larry. These tractor pulls took them all over Kansas and to Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas. They stopped pulling in 1981, but Harold said they would still be doing it today if it was up to Betty. While her children were in 4-H, Betty was a 4-H Clothing Leader for High Point Club. She was a member of the Kincaid Advancers Club. Betty had quite a green thumb and enjoyed raising flowers and roses. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Erma Pearl Cole. She is survived by her husband, Harold Sprague; her children, Doug Sprague, Colony, Vicki Sprague, Andover, David Sprague, Moore, Okla., Cheryl Cook and husband William of Rogers, Ark., Michael Sprague of Gas, Barbara Sprague, Wichita, Larry Sprague and wife Vickie of Webb City, Mo; four brothers, Melvin Cole, Greeley, Colo., Edward Cole and wife Annette, LaHarpe, Charles Cole and wife Janet, Gas, Dean Cole and wife Beverly, Nixa, Mo; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were this morning at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Colony. Burial ws in the Lone Elm Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research (alz.org)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure to boost borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama. Washington will be closely watching the financial markets today to see if the uncompromising talk rattles Wall Street and worldwide economies just 10 days before the threat of default would be imminent. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that the budget brinkmanship was “playing with fire� and implored Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government and increase the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt limit. Lew reiterated that Obama has no intention to link either bill to Republican demands for changes in the 3-yearold health care law and spending cuts. A defiant Boehner insisted that Obama must negotiate if the president wants to end the shutdown and avert a default that could trigger a financial crisis and recession that would echo 2008 or worse. The 2008 financial crisis plunged the country into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. “We’re not going to pass a clean debt limit increase,� the Ohio Republican said in a television interview. “I told the president, there’s no way we’re going to pass one. The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit, and the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us.� Boehner also said he lacks the votes “to pass a clean CR,� or continuing resolution, a reference to the temporary spending bill without conditions that would keep the government operating. The shutdown has

pushed hundreds of thousands of workers off the job, closed national parks and museums and stopped an array of government services. The one bright spot today is a significant chunk of the furloughed federal workforce is headed back to work. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 350,000 back on the job, basing his decision on a Pentagon interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. Those who remain at home or are working without paychecks are a step closer to getting back pay once the partial government shutdown ends. The Senate could act this week on the measure that passed the House unanimously on Saturday. DEMOCRATS insist that Republicans could easily open the government if Boehner simply allows a vote on the emergency spending bill. Democrats argue that their 200 members in the House plus close to two dozen pragmatic Republicans would back a so-called clean bill, but the Speaker remains hamstrung by his tea party-strong GOP caucus. “Let me issue him a friendly challenge. Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it,� said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. In a series of Sunday television appearances, Lew warned that on Oct. 17, he exhausts the bookkeeping maneuvers he has been using to keep borrowing. “I’m telling you that on the 17th, we run out

of the ability to borrow, and Congress is playing with fire,� Lew said. Lew said that while Treasury expects to have $30 billion of cash on hand on Oct. 17, that money will be quickly exhausted in paying incoming bills given that the government’s payments can run up to $60 billion on a single day. Treasury issued a report on Thursday detailing in stark terms what could happen if the government actually defaulted on its obligations to service the national debt. “A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic,� the Treasury report said. “Credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, U.S. interest rates could skyrocket, the negative spillovers could reverberate around the world.� Private economists generally agree that a default on the U.S. debt would be extremely harmful, especially if the impasse was not resolved quickly. “If they don’t pay on the debt, that would cost us for generations to come,� said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. He said a debt default would be a “cataclysmic� event that would roil financial

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Kassebaum-Baker reminds legislators of their responsibilities The conscience of Kansas gave her 2 cents worth Friday night. “Kansas teachers should be valued with higher pay; the subjects of art, music and physical education should be included in every public school curriculum; and opposition to the Affordable Care Act is not a reason to withhold funding the federal government,” said former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker. The senator, in league with Bob Dole as an esteemed Kansas leader, briefly lectured her audience Friday night in Fort Scott, where she received an award during the 10th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration. Kassebaum represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 1997. She married U.S. Sen. Howard Baker in 1996 and ever since has called Tennessee her home away from home. During her 18 years as a U.S. senator, Kassebaum served as chair of the foreign relations committee, the budget committee, the commerce committee and the labor and human resources committee. That experience and continued involvement in national and world affairs, makes Kassebaum, 81, an

expert on current affairs. As a longtime Republican, Kassebaum scoffed at Republicans in the House of Representatives withholding funding of the U.S. government in opposition to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. “If there are problems with the new law, then the place to address them is in committee, where they can be reworked,” she said. “The Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land. It cannot be changed in the fashion Republicans are demanding.” Kassebaum was equally frustrated with Kansas legislators and their cuts to education in the last several years. “We need to emphasize teacher salaries and the teaching profession,” and to respect the valuable role teachers play in preparing Kansans for the future, she said. Respect is played out with adequate salaries, adequate support staff and adequate facilities, she said. KASSEBAUM is a born and bred Kansan. Her sentiments for her home state and country run deep. It’s because of that passion that her words continue to carry weight. — Susan Lynn

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The Self Service Grocery and Burcham’s Meat Market are formally opening their new home at the corner of East and Sycamore streets. The modern building gives Iola another super food market with many up-to-the-minute conveniences. Bill Burcham, whose business was formerly known as the Self Service Market, changed the name to Burcham’s Meat Market when he moved to the new location. ***** To observe its first anniversary, the McAtee Rest Home, in the former St. John’s Hospital, east of Iola,

will hold an open house on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. H. H. McAtee purchased the former hospital in 1952 and opened their nursing home in October. They now have 30 guests and capacity for 58. ***** The Brigham Hardware Company, which has been owned by members of the Brigham family for over 40 years, has been sold to Mayor Charles Wilson who will take possession about Nov. 1. N. J. Brigham, one of the principal owners and manager of the store, said this morning that he plans to retire and take life a little easier, at least for a while.

Don’t wait on the debt limit By MICHAEL R. STRAIN and STAN A. VEUGER Los Angeles Times

Much is in flux in Washington this week. But two important realities have remained constant, whether certain elements in the GOP accept them or not: We must not default on the federal debt, and we shouldn’t wait until we’re on the brink of default to raise the debt ceiling. Here’s why. As measured by economists Scott R. Baker, Nicholas Bloom and Steven J. Davis, policy uncertainty was more severe during the previous debt ceiling fight in the summer of 2011 than at any time since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. If the possibility of default produces such turmoil, imagine what actually defaulting would do. As Republicans have so often pointed out in the fight over Obamacare, the ability of firms to make plans is severely hindered when government policies that affect them are in a state of extreme uncertainty. Raising the debt limit before the eleventh hour will help firms plan their activities, hire new workers and keep the (too weak) economic recovery going. Consumer confidence plunged during 2011’s debt ceiling fight to a low not seen since the dark days of the recession, and it took a long time for confidence to recover. In a report released last week, Gallup found that economic confidence is already much worse now than it was in May and June, and attributes it to the current budget and debt ceiling battles. Many economists believe that consumer confidence measures serve as an indicator of how households will spend money in the future. If households are rattled by Washington shenanigans, they are likely to rein in spending, which would negatively affect the country’s already fragile economy. And even the threat of a default would likely raise the interest rate on Treasuries by increasing their riskiness. This would bring higher bor-

rowing costs for businesses and tighter credit for consumers. As we know from the last debt ceiling fight, the squabbling also costs taxpayers money. The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates that the cost to taxpayers of the delayed debt limit increase in 2011 will total almost $20 billion over 10 years. The United States actually defaulted on its debt once, in spring 1979. Then, as now, the debt ceiling was a source of partisan bickering, and an agreement was reached only

As if all that isn’t bad enough, default could harm the economy in much more destructive ways as well. As the risk-free asset par excellence, Treasury bills are used as collateral in many transactions, including in repo markets, which were a central player in the 2008 financial crisis. Shaken faith in their reliability would potentially trigger a credit crunch, Fedwire could seize up, a generalized flight from risk would drive down equity markets, banks could collapse. In other words, many

If Congress waits too long to raise the debt ceiling, the slightest error can throw the country into default on its obligations.

at the last moment. The late passage, along with computer problems, meant the Treasury Department was late in making payments on maturing securities to individual investors and in redeeming T-bills. The moral of that story is clear: If Congress waits too long to raise the debt ceiling, the slightest error can throw the country into default on its obligations. Economists Terry L. Zivney and Richard D. Marcus, who studied the incident, concluded that this temporary default on a tiny share of the debt increased T-bill yields by six-tenths of a percentage point and resulted in $12 billion in additional interest payments. If the near-default of 2011 and a very minor default in 1979 cost so much money, imagine how much an actual default would cost taxpayers. After we ran up to the brink of default in 2011, Standard & Poor’s lowered the country’s credit rating for the first time. The response to that downgrade was not overwhelming, but a second downgrade would in all likelihood be more serious. A wide variety of institutions face restrictions on the risk profile of the assets they hold, and a second downgrade could make it harder for many of them to hold Treasury securities.

of the pieces would be in place for a repeat of the 2008 financial meltdown. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke probably wasn’t exaggerating when he said in July 2011 that default “would throw the financial system into chaos.” Of course, no one knows for sure what would happen if the U.S. were to default. (Interest rates could fall in a flight to safety, for example, or the Fed could try to stop the panic by stepping in as the bond buyer of last resort, maintaining the liquidity of Treasuries.) But we shouldn’t wait to find out, and we shouldn’t charge up to the brink. The GOP’s laundry list of demands in exchange for a debt ceiling increase is ridiculous. But President Obama’s position that he won’t negotiate on the debt ceiling is also outrageous: Previous presidents have done so, and he should too. Shut down the government if you must, but don’t shut down the entire economy. Washington needs to get serious about the debt ceiling. Quickly. ___ About the writers: Michael R. Strain and Stan A. Veuger are resident scholars at the American Enterprise Institute. They wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.

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from eight to 12 volunteers dress up one weekends to entertain the intrepid maze explorers (it’s toned down for younger kids). Originally, he and his children — Dalton, 21, and Cassidy, 23 — were the only volunteers. The process begins during late summer, when Weatherbie cuts hay on his 300-acre farm and bales it. “At that point, I’ll go ahead and start bringing the bales over,� he said. He has no specific method to his madness, but lets his imagination take control. It works every time. The opening day for the maze is Friday, and Weatherbie gave The Register a brief tour of what the crowds can expect. Every year he said he has added more fog machines and lighting to create a perfect atmosphere. “The teenagers are the ones that get the

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One of Gene Weatherbie’s dogs walks along the top of the hay bales that make up his maze. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ most scared,� Weatherbie laughed. “Though I’ve heard grown men scream like girls.� He laughed when asked how long it takes people to find their way out of the maze — “a lot of people have to be shown out.�

He said the maze has grown exponentially over the past 15 years. He already has been getting calls from as far away as Topeka, wondering if the maze is ready to go for this year. He has two days booked for SAFE BASE

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Other winning entries:

Beauty: “Jesus Raises Lazarus� from John 11:38-44, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Humboldt. Drama: “Parting of the Red Sea� from Exodus 14:5-16, 21-25, Faith Assembly of God, Humboldt. Authenticity: “The Lord is Exalted� from Psalms 113:4-8, United Methodist Church, Humboldt. Spectacular: “The

Integrity of Joseph� from Genesis 39:12, G.A.L.S. FCE, Humboldt. Walking entry: “Choose Life� from Deuteronomy 30:19, Kansans for Life. Philip Doty Award: “Joseph Cast Out� from Genesis 37:23-24, Poplar Grove Baptist Church, Humboldt. Lines were long at food booths much of the afternoon and a free bean feed capped daytime activities. An evening youth rally,

“Biblesta After Dark,� featured Gary Larson, area Fellowship of Christian Athletes director, and Kevin Olson, Chanute, author of “Learning to Live with It,� a book detailing an accident that left him paralyzed and his life afterward. “I don’t know how it could have been any better,� was the appraisal of Larry Barnett, chairman of the Biblesta committee.

students and Modern Woodmen insurance. He said the atmosphere is important, but the environment does a lot of the work for him. The falls leaves and crooked branches of his trees just “scream� of fall and Halloween. “Being out here, in the outdoors, it really does the work for you,� Weatherbie said.

Every day I am amazed at the wealth of information available on the Internet. Last night I took an hour to listen to programs on “TED Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading,� an online program that features videos of speakers who talk about ideas including technology, education and design. The talks vary in length, from 5 to 20 minutes. Since I’m new to the program, I began with the TED primer, a series of 11 talks that cover a wide variety of subjects. My favorites were “How Schools Kill

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Creativity,� by Ken Robinson, and “The Power of Vulnerability,� by Brene Brown. The latter talk addressed the notion of shame, and that it’s when we can accept ourselves completely, for good and bad, that we then feel worthy of another’s love and can come out from behind the “walls� we put up in self-protection. Email me your favorite pins at susan@ iolaregister.com

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under the Conservation Reserve Program. “I always look forward to that check coming in the mail,� the 58-year-old said. But all of that, farmers say, pales in comparison to the lack of agriculture reports, because farmers today depend far more on global marketplaces than government payouts.

The reports, for instance, can alert them to shortfalls in overseas markets or if there’s a wide swing in acres planted, both of which would prompt U.S. growers to plant extra crops to meet those demands or hang on to a harvest longer to get a better price. “That information is worth a lot of money, a lot more than $20,000 a

year,� Peterson said, a reference to his subsidy. Major commodity players can pay for crop size estimates usually provided in the NASS reports from “private sources,� said Dalton Henry, director of governmental affairs for the industry group Kansas Wheat. “Producers aren’t going to have that same luxury,� he said.

Medicaid: No expansion hurts Continued from A1 vides tax credits according to one’s age, income and family size, for U.S. citizens. Illegal immigrants are not covered by the ACA. Two problems arose for Kansas. First, its Medicaid program is only for the poorest of the poor. A single mother of two working a part-time job can earn no more than $6,000 a year to receive Medicaid benefits. The state’s Medicaid program also is not based on income alone. Recipients have to be either disabled, single mothers, or elderly. An unmarried male is not able to receive Medicaid benefits. Secondly, Gov. Sam Brownback pushed the decision to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls onto state legislators, who took no action. The inaction and low Medicaid standards create a significant gap in coverage for Kansans. Southeast Kansas has a disproportionate amount of low-income residents who will fall into the insurance gap because they are too poor to qualify for the ACA tax credits for those at or above the federal poverty level, but too rich to qualify for the state’s Medicaid program, which includes health insurance.

THE LACK of health insurance will play havoc on the health care system, specifically hospitals, Weisgrau said. Under the previous system, the federal government gave hospitals a stipend to help cover the cost of treating peo-

ple who could not afford their hospital bills. By law, a hospital’s emergency room cannot turn away those seeking care, no matter their abilities to pay. With the Affordable Care Act, the federal government redirected that stipend to hospitals to the expanded Medicaid program, where it has agreed to pay 100 percent of costs incurred by expanding its client base. Needless to say, for the states that have said no to the expansion, hospitals will suffer a double whammy. They still must treat the uninsured poor, but now without any federal aid. A likely consequence will be an increase in

property taxes to help hospitals bear the uncompensated costs, Weisgrau said. “The money is going to have to come from somewhere,� he said. Had Kansas accepted federal funds to expand its Medicaid rolls, hospitals could rest easy. The formula has the federal government paying 100 percent of the additional costs of expanding its Medicaid rolls. After several years, states are to assume 10 percent of those costs. The economic stimulus from the federal government to pay for the expanded program offsets the cost to Kansas for expanding its Medicaid program many times over, Weisgrau said.

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Iola High’s home volleyball matches and football games will feature a pink hue this week in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Fillies are at home Tuesday, the Mustangs Friday. Allen County Youth Tackle Football players also will hand out pink carnations Tuesday at Riverside Park.

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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper, center, recovers a loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during first-quarter action at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday. DAVID EULITT/KANSAS CITY STAR/MCT

Chiefs rally late to move to 5-0 By TERESA M. WALKER The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are still perfect thanks to an old-fashioned mix of a good running game and some very timely defense. Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left, and the Chiefs rallied to beat the Tennessee Titans 2617 on Sunday.

The Chiefs (5-0) are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead in this early AFC showdown between these surprising teams bouncing back after losing seasons. The Titans (3-2) couldn’t have been more out of synch in the first half with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for Jake Locker sidelined with his

sprained right hip. He missed his first five passes and went three-and-out on his first five series before guiding Tennessee to 17 straight points in the second half. Charles put the Chiefs ahead to stay, and he finished with 108 yards on 22 carries. The Chiefs also intercepted Fitzpatrick twice in the final 6:14. Ryan Succop kicked See CHIEFS | Page B2

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ACC goes 2-2 in Coffeyville tourney COFFEYVILLE — A busy weekend littered with ups and downs left Allen Community College’s volleyball team with a 2-2 record at the Coffeyville Spikefest over the weekend. The Red Devils started out in fine fashion, downing Fort Scott in four sets, 25-15, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23, and Independence, 21-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-22, on Friday. The worm turned on Saturday as Allen dropped five-set tie-breakers to Coffeyville, 25-20, 21-25, 14-25, 2520, 10-15, and to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 25-12, 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 11-15. “This was a weekend of adjustments,” Allen coach Jessica Peters said, noting sophomore outside hitter Danielle Goodman — second on the team in kills — suffered a high ankle sprain Friday and missed Saturday’s matches. “This allowed some people to step it up.” The Red Devils opened the competition with some familiar competition. Allen had faced Fort Scott just five days prior, winning a fiveset match in their first goround. The second round fin-

Allen Community College’s Halley Scott serves in a match earlier this season. REGISTER/ RICHARD LUKEN

ished in similar fashion. The Red Devils got off to a quick start, winning the first two See ALLEN | Page B4

Kansas State, Kansas remain winless in Big 12 action By DAVE SKRETTA The Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — My, how the mighty have fallen in the Heartland. It was just six years ago that the Jayhawks went 12-1 and beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, capping a dream season under Mark Mangino. But the program started to slide over the next two years, Mangino was fired amid accusations of treating his players poorly and Turner Gill won just five games in two years before he was summarily let

go. Weis has found the going no easier in his first two seasons. He won just one game last year, and the loss to the Red Raiders was the 22nd straight conference defeat for the Jayhawks. “One thing we’re going to do, we’re going to have to critically evaluate everything that happened,” Weis promised. “From coaching and play calling on one end, to performance on the other end. Then we’re going to have to go down to a nucleus of players that we believe will all give us the best

chance at competing.” The Jayhawks (2-2) had better do that in a hurry. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier with a trip to TCU on tap, followed by games against Big 12 heavyweights Oklahoma and Baylor at home. Then the Jayhawks hit the road again for games against Texas and Oklahoma State, a stretch of five games in which they’ll be heavy underdogs. “We’re trying to take that next step every single week. When we don’t take that step it’s very frustrating,” Jay-

hawks quarterback Jake Heaps said. “It’s tough to lose in this fashion and as a competitor it’ll eat at you.” Yes, blowout losses will eat at you. So will giving games away. That’s essentially what the Wildcats (2-3) did in a 33-29 loss to the Cowboys, turning the ball over five times and committing an uncharacteristic 12 penalties for 92 yards. The loss left the Wildcats, who went 11-2 and lost in the Fiesta Bowl last year, without a Big 12 win after two games for the first time since 2004,

Basketball standout takes helm for ACC women By RICHARD LUKEN richard@iolaregister.com

A happy bit of happenstance led Katie Mahoney to courtside at Allen Community College. Mahoney moved to Iola over the summer with her husband, Ryan, who had been hired as an assistant coach for the Allen men’s basketball team. Katie, 30, had been an assistant coach for the Northern Oklahoma College women the past two years. She inquired about an opening for the ACC women’s team. There was none. The college had a vacancy on the women’s staff, but it had already been filled just days before her husband was hired. Undeterred, Katie began developing plans to coach individual players on a private business — a skills instructor. Then fate intervened. Mark James, head women’s coach at Allen, announced just days before the fall semester began that he was moving to take over the reins at Dodge City. In their subsequent job search, ACC administrators accepted applications from across the country, but they

didn’t have to look far to find the perfect fit. Mahoney was hired shortly after her job interviews as the Red Devils’ next coach. “I’m excited,” she said. “The players have accepted me pretty well, and having Coach (Kiara) Marshall has really helped.” The 2013-14 Red Devils will have several new faces to go with their coaching staff. Only one Allen player, reserve Kylie Molisee, returns from last year’s squad. Still, Mahoney sees a nice fit between her and Coach James’ recruits. Mahoney likes to see her teams utilize speed to force action on defense and create scoring opportunities on offense — much like the strengths of James’ squads.

She sees challenges with this year’s squad. With only four sophomores on the roster — three are transfers — and the rest freshmen, Allen’s players must hit the ground running this season. “It’s good and bad,” Mahoney said. “It’s good that they’re not having to change systems from something they’ve learned already. It’s a fresh start for everybody. The bad thing is they have no college experience. It’s definitely going to be a process to get ready for the season.” MAHONEY, the former Katie Snodgrass, grew up a proverbial gym rat in Ames, Okla., and became a fixture for her teams at Cimarron High School. “I just loved the competition, and the process of getting better as a player,” she said. Mahoney took her skills to Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City, where she became a two-time All-American and a two-time Academic All-American. She led her team to the NAIA national championship game three straight seasons, winning national titles in 2003 and 2004. From there, she played pro-

fessionally in Denmark, Germany and Iceland. Mahoney led the league in scoring in 2010 as part of the Osnabrueck Panthers in Germany in 2010, and led her team to a regular season championship. As a point guard, Mahoney thrived, controlling the tempo of the game on the court, deciding whether to drive to the basket, feed a teammate for an open shot, or take a long-range 3-pointer. “The style was different in Europe,” she said. “The players were not as athletic as in America, but they had better shooters, and worked harder with their fundamentals. They played a faster game.” Another source of pride: Mahoney’s teams made it to the playoffs each year she played in Europe. “After being over there, I proved what I could do,” she said. “I knew the level where I could play. But there were bigger things out there for me than just playing.”

before Snyder hung up the headset for a brief retirement. Kansas State wound up finishing 4-7 that year, 2-6 in the conference. “In our history, we have not been that kind of football team,” Snyder said after the loss in Stillwater, Okla. “We haven’t always been extremely good, but we haven’t turned the ball over and we haven’t gotten penalized and it has always given us a chance to win.” The Wildcats still had a See WINLESS | Page B4

Harvick avoids wrecks, wins Casino 400 By DAVE SKRETTA The Associated Press

MAHONEY RETURNED to Oklahoma to enter the next phase of her career: coaching. She moved to Northern Oklahoma in College in Enid,

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Harvick won a wreckfilled race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, keeping out of trouble all afternoon and making a big move in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Harvick pulled away from Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon on a restart with 19 laps to go for his third win of the year. It came after Harvick sat on the pole for the first time in 254 races. The last time he qualified first, at New Hampshire in 2006, he also won the race. “These guys just did a great job all weekend,” Harvick said. “To have a car fast enough for me to qualify on the pole says a lot about how fast this thing is.” Harvick was chased across the line by Busch and Gordon. Joey Logano finished fourth, Carl Edwards was fifth, and Jimmie Johnson finished sixth despite a slight hiccup with his engine on the final lap that cost him one spot.

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field goals, including a 48-yarder. Now Kansas City now gets to head home for a three-game stretch and try to continue this amazing start under new coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs and Titans came in tied atop the NFL with a plus-9 turnover margin, but it was Kansas City that forced three turnovers and turned those into 13 points. The Titans forced two they managed to convert into a touchdown. Kansas City dominated early with a 132-10 edge in total offense in the first quarter and was up 13-0 at halftime on a rainy day in Nashville. Fitzpatrick looked rusty in his first start since being in Buffalo last season, and his new teammates weren’t much help. Chris Johnson finished with only 17 yards rushing on 10 carries. But Fitzpatrick outgained the Chiefs all by himself in the third quarter in keying the Ti-

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Hi, Carolyn: I could use your advice on how to respond to my co-workers, who often talk about their supposedly impoverished childhoods even though, in less guarded moments, they reveal things that make it clear they didn’t really grow up poor. It’s like some weird contest. None of them grew up in worse circumstances than I did and I wasn’t poor. Usually I ignore them, but I get annoyed when I have to listen to, “You wouldn’t understand, Jane, because you didn’t grow up poor like Mary and I did.” How do I let them know that I know they’re full of it? — My Poor Co-Workers Why do you need to? Merely wanting to isn’t justification. There’s also the possibility that they were indeed needy and you’re drawing incorrect conclusions. Not that anything justifies a who’sthe-poorest contest; just being thorough.

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These are sufficient arguments alone for not saying anything, but Ms. Shoulder-Devil has one, too: Watching people profess things that you know aren’t true, and that you know they don’t know you know, inspires some of us to make popcorn and grab a seat. Any, “You’re so full of it!” outburst would be counter to your own entertainment interests. Completely different tack, if you aren’t amused: Interject brightly that you had to walk to school uphill! both ways!, and then leave. That’s universal code for: Be martyrs on your own time, please. To: Poor Co-Workers:

I must say I’m relieved to know I’m not the only one in the middle of a

who-had-it-worse competition. It is annoying, and I did go the route of just letting them make fools of themselves. But do be careful what you mention from your own childhood. I recently said I would love for my daughter to have horseback riding lessons as I did as a child (to one co-worker in a relevant discussion of children’s activities) and now I am the Queen of Sheba. I get comments about my charmed upbringing and how wonderful it must have been. Why is this a contest? And I can’t tell if I’m the winner or the loser. — Anonymous You had a pony. That makes you the winner of all things to every overgrown 6-year-old in your workplace. That does mean, alas, you can’t use the “uphill both ways” deflection, lest you become the office Marie Antoinette, too. But you can respond impassively, “I was lucky in

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NASCAR: Harvick takes checkered flag to win Casino 400 Continued from B1

Matt Kenseth held onto his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with an 11th-place finish. Johnson narrowed the gap to just three points, while Harvick moved into third place, just 25 points out of first with six races left in the season. Kyle Busch was the big loser after crashing for the third straight time at Kansas Speedway, dropping from third in points to fifth, 35 adrift of the lead. There were 15 cautions in the race, breaking the record of 14 for a Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. The first came when the race wasn’t even a lap old and Danica Patrick slammed into the wall, and most of them occurred when cars got loose coming out of Turn 2. Busch and Kenseth both called the race “treacherous,” pointing to the combination of a repave last year and Goodyear’s new “multizone” tires that made it seem as if they were skating across a smooth, glasslike surface most of the afternoon. All of it was compounded by tempera-

Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (29) crosses the finish line to win NASCAR’s Hollywood Casino 400 race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday. JOHN SLEEZER/KANSAS CITY STAR/MCT

tures in the 50s at the start of the race, more than 30 degrees cooler than testing and practice earlier in the week. One of the major story lines coming into the race involved Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, who got together in the Nationwide race on Saturday. Keselowski said that Busch intentionally dumped him and seemed to indicate that he would retaliate in the Sprint Cup race. Keselowski even asked NASCAR President Mike Helton in the prerace driver’s meeting about the line between hard racing and intentional wrecks. It turned out that Busch kept going for

Sports Calendar Iola High School Volleyball Tuesday, vs. WELLSVILLE, OSAWATOMIE, 4:30 p.m. Cross Country Tuesday, at Independence, 4 p.m. High School Football Today, JV at Central Heights, 4:30 p.m. Friday, vs. WELLSVILLE, 7 p.m. High School Tennis Friday and Oct. 12, Class 4A Regional Tournament, Parsons, TBA. Middle School Football Today, vs. BURLINGTON, 4 p.m.

Southern Coffey Co. High School Volleyball Tuesday, at Waverly, 4 p.m. High School Football Friday, vs. CHETOPA, 7 p.m.

Marmaton Valley High School Volleyball Tuesday, at St. Paul, 5 p.m. Cross Country Thursday, at JayhawkLinn, 4 p.m. High School Football Friday, at Uniontown, 7 p.m.

Allen Soccer Wednesday, vs. JOHNSON CO., women 2 p.m., men 4 p.m. Sunday, at Dodge City, women 1 p.m., men 3:30 p.m. Volleyball Wednesday, at Coffeyville, 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at Neosho County Tournament Cross Country Saturday, at Fort Hays Tiger Open, 9 a.m.

Humboldt High School Football Friday, vs. CANEY VALLEY, 7 p.m. Cross Country Tuesday, at Eureka, 4 p.m. High School Volleyball Tuesday, vs. CANEY VALLEY, NEODESHA, 5 p.m.

Yates Center High School Volleyball Today, WILDCAT JV INVITATIONAL, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Cherryvale, 5 p.m. Thursday, at Chetopa, 5 p.m. Cross Country Tuesday, at Eureka, 4 p.m. High School Girls Golf Monday, at Garnett, 1 p.m. High School Football Friday, vs. MDC VALLEY, 7 p.m.

Crest High School Volleyball Tuesday, at Pleasanton, 5 p.m. High School Football Friday, vs. ELK VALLEY, 7 p.m.

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spins without Keselowski’s help. The first one came down the front stretch when he appeared to

squeeze Juan Pablo Montoya, sending Busch sideways across the track. The second spin came after a restart a moment

later, and this one sent his No. 18 Toyota headfirst into the Turn 1 wall and ended his day. “I have no idea what happened, but it’s Kansas. It’s what we do here, we just crash,” Busch said. “The racetrack is the worst racetrack I’ve ever driven on. The tires are the worst tires I’ve ever driven on, and track position is everything. You can’t do anything.” Harvick didn’t seem to have a whole lot of trouble with track, or the tires. He was fast from the moment he unloaded this

weekend, and then turned heads with his fast qualifying run. Harvick got off pit sequence early in the race and was shuffled to the back of the pack, but he was fast every time he got into clean air. That was the case at the end, when he pulled away for an easy victory. “The car was just really tight and then we got better as the cloud cover came over and we found that middle line,” Harvick said. “Track position was so important. It was a good day, and just happy as heck for everybody on this team.”

Winless: K-State, Kansas lose Saturday Continued from B1

chance to win on Saturday, taking a 29-23 lead early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by Daniel Sams, who appeared to finally supplant Jake Waters as the starting quarterback. But the Cowboys answered with 10 straight points, and helped along by one of Sams’ three interceptions — he also

lost a fumble — to come away with the victory. “All week we focused on discipline. Obviously, we came out here and didn’t execute the way we wanted to and the way we talked about all week,” fullback Glenn Gronkowski said. “We had way too many mental mistakes and we need to stick to our game plan to do better from

now on.” In a hurry, too. The Wildcats welcome unbeaten Baylor to town on Saturday. Kansas State might have to face the highpowered Bears without their two top wide receivers, too. Tramaine Thompson didn’t play against the Cowboys because of an undisclosed injury, and Tyler Lockett

went down with a hamstring injury during the game. “Those guys are such playmakers that it can affect the game,” defensive end Ryan Mueller said. “But we have a lot of talent on this team. We’re a young group that’s talented. We’re just going to have to step it up during this week’s practice.”

Allen: Red Devils go 2-2 in Coffeyville Continued from B1

two sets before the Greyhounds rebounded to win the third. Sidney Keith led the way to victory with 22 kills. Sarah Charbonneau was stellar in the back row with 22 digs. The Red Devils also saw Independence for the second time this season. Unlike their first matchup — and unlike Allen’s recent quick starts in winning 11 of 12 matches headed into the tournament — the Red Devils found themselves in an early hole. Independence won the opening set, 25-21 “without much fight from our side,” Peters said. The Red Devils regained their composure, and roared to win over the final three sets. Keith again led the way with 16 kills, and Charbonneau offered up the defensive support with 22 digs. THINGS WERE looking up for Allen against host Coffeyville Saturday morning. The Red Devils put the finishing touches to the first set, 25-20. “The quick win in set

one fueled a fire for Coffeyville,” Peters said. “They came out with a killer serving streak.” The Red Ravens led 6-0 before Allen scored its first point. “This soon became a trend for us the remainder of the five-set match,” Peters said. Coffeyville easily won the next two sets. Allen rebounded to even the game at two sets apiece, but double-contact, missed serves and a weak serve receive game put Coffeyville in front for good in the tiebreaker, winning 15-10. Allen fought valiantly in the tie-breaker, but not quick enough, Peters said. “Had this been a set to 25 points, we believe the outcome would have been in our favor,” Peters said. “We just allowed far too many runs on their part with errors on ours.” The Red Devils seemed to right their ship in time for NEO in their fourth match against the Norse this season. Allen won 25-12 in the opening set. But NEO responded with two tight wins in

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Allen def. Independence, 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-22) Coffeyville def. Allen, 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 25-14, 20-25, 15-10) NEO def. Allen, 3-2 (12-25, 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11) Halley Scott, 18 games, 1 kill, 1 set assist, 8 aces, 44 digs, 8 points Danielle Goodman, six games, 11 kills, digs, 1 solo block Sidney Keith, 18 games, 78 kills, 3 set assists, four aces, 67 digs, 5 solo blocks, 5 block assists, 89.5 points Adriee Munoz, 18 games, 10 kills, 148 set assists, 8 aces, 43 digs, 1 solo block, 4 block assists, 21 points Sarah Webb, 16 games, 25 kills, 1 set assist, 7 digs, 4 solo blocks, 4 block assists, 31 points Andonae Magdziarz, 15 games, 29 kills, 9 digs, 3 solo blocks, 3 block assists, 33.5 points Ashlyn Myers, 16 games, 3 set assists, 8 aces, 30 digs, 8 points Lizzy Huey, 18 games, 28 kills, 1 set assist, 2 aces, 13 digs, 8 solo blocks, 9 block assists, 42.5 points Jessi Sennett, 5 games, 3 kills, 13 set assists, 5 digs, 3 points Sarah Charbonneau, 18 games, 3 kills, 9 set assists, 6 aces, 118 digs, 9 points Kelsey Kasson, 18 games, 8 kills, 8 digs, 1 solo block, 4 block assists, 11 points.

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