Add Your Organization to the Medicaid Expansion Sign-on Letter
Members of the Committee:
Over the last year, COVID-19 changed all of us and it has changed Kansas. The pandemic has upended our lives and compromised Kansans’ health and the state’s economy in ways we could not have foreseen.
We need to act now to protect the Kansas economy, the Kansas health care system and the people of Kansas from the long-term impacts of the pandemic. One of the most effective tools Kansas has to stimulate the economy and to provide health and economic security to Kansans is expanding Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid would bring hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars annually to Kansas.
Thirty-eight states – including all of our neighbors – have expanded Medicaid, leaving Kansas as the last holdout in the region, threatening our competitiveness and ability to attract and retain health care workers, and negatively impacting the health of 165,000 Kansans.
Medicaid expansion would allow Kansas to finally take advantage of many health and economic benefits.
Expansion would create more than 13,000 new jobs and generate more than $10 billion in economic output in the next five years. It will also protect our health care delivery system, keeping Kansans healthier while protecting financially vulnerable hospitals that employ thousands of Kansans and are a central part of Kansas communities’ local economy.
In addition to its economic benefits, Medicaid expansion would:
- Extend access to quality, affordable health care to over 165,000 uninsured Kansans;
- Address the unmet need for mental health care and substance use treatment by providing coverage to 30,000 Kansans grappling with behavioral health issues;
- Inject $464 million in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) incentive funds into the state’s budget over two years; and
- Rein in rapidly increasing health care costs resulting from uncompensated care and improve affordability for all consumers.
We encourage the Legislature to take swift action by conducting a hearing and holding a vote on Medicaid expansion in the coming weeks.
The Kansas economy, the Kansas health care system and the people of Kansas cannot afford to wait any longer for the state to expand Medicaid. We’ve already lost over $4.5 billion by not acting to expand Medicaid. As we begin the long road to economic recovery ahead of us, Medicaid expansion will support our recovery by stimulating our economy, protecting our hospitals and making Kansans healthier. It will also help our state budget. The time to act is now.