© 2023 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Up To Date

Seg. 1: Foster Care & Jobs | Seg. 2: Direct Primary Care

Segment 1: A developing program in Missouri would help foster youth find gainful employment.

Youth in the foster care program who are not placed with a permanent family face disproportionate levels of unemployment and homelessness. FosterAdopt Connect's new program helps pair young adults with hiring businesses, and ensures employers are prepared for the employees' unique needs associated with growing up in the foster care system.

  • Lori Ross, founder, CEO and president of FosterAdopt Connect
  • Tobey Wilkerson, foster parent and former foster care youth

Segment 2, beginning at 23:10: Direct Primary Care provides access to your primary care doctor without using insurance.

Dan Hobart is able to see a physician at an affordable cost, thanks to Direct Primary Care. This growing trend in healthcare is allowing patients to pay a membership fee in exchange for unlimited, routine visits with a primary care physician. Doctors fed up with the healthcare industry say they're okay with making less in order to better serve patients and practice medicine more freely.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.