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The Fayetteville Observer: Former UNC Coach Roy Williams and fellow coach: Expand Medicaid in NC

By: Roy Williams and Lon Kruger | July 1, 2022 Below is an excerpt from an Op-Ed originally published in The Fayetteville Observer: Hundreds of talented players, thousands of championship games, and countless miles traveled. Collectively, as college basketball coaches we’ve had the privilege to encounter many different people from many different walks of life, […]

Kansas City Star: Casting stones Kansas and Missouri? Take a look at a page or two from the Bible

By: Charles Hammer, Columnist, Kansas City Star | June 15, 2022 Below is an excerpt from this column: They told him the woman had been caught in the act of adultery, demanding under biblical law that she be stoned to death. Quite a political dilemma, since these Pharisees hoped he would breach the law and […]

Wichita Eagle Commentary: Expanding KanCare would strengthen rural health care, rural communities

By: David Jordan, president and CEO of United Methodist Health Ministry Fund | March 9, 2022 Kansas is a rural state with nearly one-third of the population living in rural communities. As Kansans we take pride in self-reliance and taking care of our own. Yet Kansans living in rural and frontier areas are more likely […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Public Health

By Sara Millburn If you hired a construction company to build a new house, how would you feel if the builders decided to “cut costs” by pouring a foundation for only 3 sides of the house? In the long run, would you actually be saving money? What would be the impact on the side of […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Health Clinics

By Wael S. Mourad, MD, MHCM, FAAFP As the state of Missouri has resolved to move toward Medicaid expansion, it will join a club that comprises roughly two-thirds of the United States that has opted for a similar direction for its citizens. Passing expansion in the state of Kansas will be a challenge but it’s […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Mental Health Care Providers

By Kyle Kessler The people of Kansas need Medicaid expansion to increase access to mental health care or substance use treatment. Not only for economic development; not only for delaying inevitable closures or consolidations of health care organizations like community mental health centers or hospitals; and not only for the purpose of becoming part of […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for the Disability Community

By Ami Hyten I am scared for my community. “My” community is the disability community. When I turn on the news these days, my community is described as “vulnerable” or “infirm” or “ill.” My community makes up a large number of the growing COVID death count each day. I turn on the television and see […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters to the MS Community

By Laura Hoch Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms vary from person to person and can range from numbness and tingling to difficulty walking, depression, blindness and paralysis. MS is […]