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Letter to the editor: Expand Medicaid

By Peter Luckey | Dec. 20, 2019 “I finished my week of chemotherapy,” Julio said, brushing his long gray locks out of his worn face and gentle eyes. “Yes, I have leukemia” Lately, I have been talking to guests at the Lawrence Community Shelter. While I was visiting with Julio, people kept coming through the […]

Lawrence Journal World: New reports show Kansas’ health ranking is plummeting

By Lauren Fox | Dec. 13, 2019 Two recently released reports have some Kansas policymakers on edge about the health of Kansans and adamant that expanding Medicaid coverage will help. One report showed that, since 1990, Kansas’ health ranking has fallen more than that of any other state. The other showed that, in a two-year […]

KSNT: Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion holds final meeting before session begins

By Alec Gartner | Dec. 12, 2019 TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Lawmakers are looking for a solution to expand the state’s Medicaid system. Government officials have high hopes heading into the session after the final meeting of the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion wrapped up. Governor Laura Kelly formed the group after failing to get […]

Emporia Gazette: Kelly talks Medicaid expansion during Emporia visit

By Ryann Brooks | Dec. 4, 2019 Governor Laura Kelly talked Medicaid expansion during a visit with area hospital administrators, health care professionals and local legislators at Newman Regional Health Tuesday afternoon. Medicaid expansion, Kelly said, had been a high priority she encountered among prospective voters during the 2018 gubernatorial election, second only to education. […]

Ximena M. Garcia: Medicaid expansion wisest use of taxpayer dollars

By Ximena Garcia | Nov. 27, 2019 “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face!” is a silly adage no one would ever think to intentionally do. But that will happen to us Kansans if our elected officials don’t adopt straight Medicaid expansion. Straight expansion means increasing the eligibility for Medicaid (health insurance for […]

Medicaid expansion saves lives

By Sheldon Weisgrau | Dec. 2, 2019 As we dive into the details of various Medicaid expansion proposals and advocate for the best possible plan for patients, it’s easy to lose sight of the basics. In addition to the economic benefits to the state, improved financial stability for families and enhanced prospects for rural hospitals, […]

Statement from the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas Coalition

Coalition members have their own perspectives on expansion policy but together we agree that Kansas should insure as many of our citizens as possible as quickly as possible. Therefore, we stand in support of policies that ensure that KanCare expansion begins no later than Jan. 1, 2021, without barriers or delays.

Expansion delays put caregivers at risk

By the American Heart Association | Nov. 18, 2019 Melissa Dodge isn’t used to putting herself front and center. She is far more comfortable advocating for the American Heart Association on behalf of her daughter, Brooklynn, who was born with half a heart. But when you ask Melissa what she fears most, it’s not being […]