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David Jordan and John Wilson: As crisis hits Kansas, existing federal funds can help families

By David Jordan and John Wilson | May 10, 2020 Kansas faces unprecedented challenges as the new coronavirus sweeps through our state, sickening many and upending the economy for many others. As leaders of two groups that focus on the needs of our state’s children and families, we’re gravely concerned about the toll on our […]

Working together … while apart

By Lauren Beatty | April 22, 2020 Our work here at the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is collaborative in nature. We’re just a small staff of four people, but with valuable input and support from our 80+ Coalition partners, we are able to better advocate for policies that ensure all Kansans are able to […]

The Hill: States blocking 4.4 million from gaining Medicaid coverage

By David Jordan | April 14, 2020 Earlier this month, President Trump proclaimed that it’s not fair 30 million Americans are uninsured, acknowledging this puts them at a disadvantage, especially as COVID-19 spreads. He suggested we should expand health coverage to the uninsured. The majority of Americans agree with the president on this topic. Due […]

Thanking the health care heroes

By April Holman | April 10, 2020 It’s a beautiful spring morning in Topeka. The sun is shining through the window of my makeshift home office, and the neighborhood is alive with the sound of singing birds, barking dogs and the conversation of the occasional family passing by on a walk. A person could almost […]

KSN: Governor Kelly says Medicaid expansion would help during this pandemic

By Korinne Griffith | April 7, 2020 TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly said Monday that Medicaid expansion would be a great help to the state of Kansas during the coronavirus pandemic. Kansas lawmakers have been squabbling over Medicaid expansion for years. Governor Kelly says that if Medicaid expansion had been in place years […]

Hutchinson News: Top legislative priority must be Medicaid expansion

By the Editorial Board | April 1, 2020 When the Kansas Legislature comes back to Topeka, they’ll undoubtedly take up the topic of aid to citizens impacted by our current circumstances. Expanding Medicaid is a critical need they must address, and every Republican leader who has stood in the way of passing the bill should […]

Kansas City Star: Kansas and Missouri didn’t expand Medicaid. Could that worsen the COVID-19 pandemic?

By Bryan Lowry, Jason Hancock and Jonathan Shorman | March 29, 2020 As the single mother of a daughter with a congenital heart defect and compromised immune system, Melissa Dodge is taking every precaution she can to limit her exposure to COVID-19. She’s cut her hours at the grocery store where she works in Derby, […]

MarketWatch: How much does coronavirus treatment cost?

By Leslie Albrecht | March 25, 2020 Getting tested for the novel coronavirus is now free, but being treated for the respiratory illness could cost up to $20,000, a recent analysis by Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation Health System Tracker found. People with health insurance through their employer could pay more than $1,300 in out-of-pocket costs if […]