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Bloomberg Law: Kansas Republican Navigates Political Minefield to Grow Medicaid

By Christopher Brown | Nov. 8, 2019 A newly released Kansas plan to give more people Medicaid is an example of the tricky balancing act needed in states that have resisted expanding the low-income health program so far. The good news, supporters of growing Medicaid say, is that a powerful Kansas state senator who has […]

Testimony for the Special Committee on Medicaid Expansion

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to provide testimony regarding the Senate Medicaid Expansion Proposal as well as data regarding the people who are currently in the health insurance coverage gap. My name is April Holman and I am the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. The Alliance is a broad-based […]

Kansas cannot afford not to expand Medicaid

By Tim DeWeese | Nov. 7, 2019 Last week the Kansas Senate leadership unveiled its proposed legislation on Medicaid expansion in response to the Kansas House of Representatives bill that passed last session. Regardless of how the Senate and House compromise to formulate a comprehensive approach to expand Medicaid and improve access to health care, […]

Pittsburg Morning Sun: Kansas Medicaid expansion debate begins ahead of 2020 legislative session

By Jonathan Riley | Oct. 31, 2019 PITTSBURG — Although the start of the upcoming Kansas legislative session is still more than two months away, discussion of an issue that is sure to receive considerable debate once it is underway — Medicaid expansion — has already begun. Last week, a Kansas Senate committee endorsed a […]

The Number of Uninsured Children is on the Rise

For many years, the nation has been on a positive trajectory reducing the number and rate of uninsured children. Having health insurance is important for children as they are more likely to receive needed services, have better educational outcomes, and their family is protected from the financial risks associated with being uninsured—even for a short […]

Kansas News Service: Rural Kansas Loves Its Hospitals, But Keeping Them Open Only Gets Harder

By Jim McLean | Oct. 28, 2019 ANTHONY, Kansas — Few things signal a rural community’s decline more powerfully than the closure of its hospital. Like shuttered schools and empty Main Streets, an abandoned hospital serves as a tangible reminder of the erosive power of decades of population loss and unrelenting economic trends. “Our rural […]

Statement from the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

“The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas appreciates the Senate’s engagement in the expansion conversation. Closing this coverage gap for Kansans would bring hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars back home, insure tens of thousands of Kansans, create thousands of jobs and stimulate our economy. As this proposal moves through the Legislative process, we support […]

Wichita Eagle: Kansas Senate GOP leader’s Medicaid plan a tough sell for some fellow Republicans

Oct. 24, 2019 After years spent opposing past efforts to expand Medicaid, Kansas Senate Republican Leader Jim Denning now has a plan of his own. But the Johnson County lawmaker’s proposal drew tough reviews from both Democrats and members of his own party. Denning unveiled a plan Wednesday that could ultimately extend health coverage to […]