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Medicaid Expansion is Critical to Rural Prosperity

By Sheldon Weisgrau | March 5, 2020 Rural hospitals are in crisis. Over the past decade, 120 rural hospitals across the United States have closed. 2019 was the worst year yet, with 19 closures, including two in Kansas. Five rural Kansas hospitals have closed since 2010. The loss of local health care services may be […]

Alliance Senior Policy Advisor Sheldon Weisgrau Joins Missouri Foundation for Health

The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas today announced that Senior Policy Advisor Sheldon Weisgrau is departing the organization to take a new role as vice president for health policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health in St. Louis.

KC Star: Kelly, appearing with Denning, slams ‘immoral’ blockade of Kansas Medicaid expansion

By Jonathan Shorman | March 2, 2020 Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, and Senate Republican Leader Jim Denning ramped up a pressure campaign Monday to break Senate President Susan Wagle’s blockade of their Medicaid expansion compromise, which Kelly called “immoral.” If it passes, the bipartisan Medicaid deal would represent a signature achievement for Kelly […]

KWCH: With Medicaid Expansion in gridlock, plan supporters hit the road

March 2, 2020 Democratic Governor Laura Kelly and Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning visited Wichita on Monday. They spoke before hospital administrators and faith leaders, pushing for an end to the gridlock for the Medicaid Expansion. It comes nearly two months after they initially released their bipartisan plan for expansion. “It’s a good piece […]

Dick Bond, Dave Kerr and Steve Morris: Wagle needs to put people of Kansas first

By Dick Bond, Dave Kerr and Steve Morris | Feb. 29, 2020 As lifelong Kansans and Republicans, each of us considered it a great honor and privilege to serve as president of the Kansas Senate. We were guided by important principles: Lead the chamber with honesty and integrity. Listen to and consider all viewpoints. And, […]

Leavenworth Times: Let’s not let a bipartisan, Kansas solution on KanCare expansion slip away

By Vallerie L. Gleason | Feb. 25, 2020 It is time for a renewed conversation about KanCare expansion. This year is clearly the most significant progress we have seen on expansion to date. Finally, collaboration efforts led by the state’s Republicans and Democrats broke some ice. This year we have the opportunity to pass legislation […]

Topeka Capital Journal: Kansas nuns urge Legislature to pass Medicaid expansion

By Sherman Smith | Feb. 25, 2020 Seventy-six Kansas Catholic nuns have signed a letter to legislators urging them to pass Medicaid expansion as a desperately needed life-saving benefit for suffering Kansans. The call to action, dated Tuesday, confronts lawmakers locked in a stalemate over Medicaid expansion and the House’s failure earlier this month to […]

Pittsburg Morning Sun: Lt. Governor promotes KanCare expansion in SEK visit

By Jonathan Riley | Feb. 24, 2020 PITTSBURG — Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers visited southeast Kansas Monday, making stops in Baxter Springs to attend a ceremony marking the installation of a new stoplight and in Pittsburg to meet with medical professionals to discuss KanCare expansion and other healthcare issues. Rogers’s first stop Monday was at […]