The failure of lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion in 2019 will have heartbreaking consequences for tens of thousands of low-wage working Kansas who are stuck in the health care coverage gap.
By now, what happened this session has been fairly well publicized. The House passed an expansion bill by a wide majority. The Senate came very close to forcing a debate on that bill — only to be blocked at every turn by some of that body’s leaders.
And so, Kansans in the gap continue to go without the health coverage they need to stay healthy, keep working and provide for their families. These hardworking adults — making too much money to qualify for the Kansas Medicaid program (KanCare) but not enough money to qualify for federal subsidies to purchase market-based health insurance – are our neighbors, family members and friends.