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Topeka Capital Journal: Subverting the democratic process

Letter to the editor: Subverting the democratic process Sen. Wagle is making a mockery of the democratic process by not allowing the Kansas Senate to vote on the expansion of Kansas Medicaid (KanCare). Instead, she wants to head it back to committee, effectively blocking a vote. It appears she cares more for undermining the newly […]

Rural Matters

Michelle chats with Sheldon Weisgrau, senior policy advisor for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, in the wake of a major report by CBS on the increasing number of rural hospital closures. Michelle and Sheldon discuss the fact that it is far more likely that hospitals in the 14 states (including Kansas) that have not […]

Partial expansions and other gimmicks are no substitute for real KanCare expansion

By Sheldon Weisgrau, Senior Policy Advisor Over the course of the decade-long effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas, opponents have grasped at a number of gimmicks that impose barriers to providing health coverage to as many as 150,000 hardworking Kansans. The latest comes from the state of Utah, which just received federal approval to implement […]

Kansas City Star: Kansas governor, Senate GOP president face off over Medicaid

By Jonathan Shorman | April 2, 2019 As Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly urges lawmakers to expand Medicaid, the state Senate’s top Republican is opening the door to a health care bill that would include provisions favored by conservatives, such as work requirements. But Senate President Susan Wagle wants the Legislature to study expansion later this […]

Topeka Capital Journal: KanCare expansion would help all Kansans

By Mike Oxford | March 25, 2019 Opponents of Medicaid expansion (known as KanCare in Kansas) continue to promote the false narrative that expansion would harm Kansans with disabilities. In trying to drive a wedge between expansion supporters and the disability community, they promote a false choice — that the state can afford either expansion […]

Emporia Gazette: Medicaid expansion will help small hospitals

By Don Hill | March 30, 2019 In 2010 the United States Congress enacted, and the President signed The Affordable Care Act. In 2012 the United State Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act was constitutional, but Medicaid expansion was optional for each state. Since that time 36 states, including, most recently Utah, Nebraska and […]

KCUR: Stakes High For Kansans Needing Coverage And Politicians In Medicaid Expansion Debate

By Jim McLean | April 3, 2019 The stakes run high for 130,000-some low-income Kansans who stand to gain from expanding Medicaid coverage — and for the political players who will decide the contentious issue. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly made expansion a centerpiece of the election that put her in office. Two Republican leaders — […]

Dodge City Daily Globe: Lynn Rogers talks Medicaid expansion at Western Plains

By Vincent Marshall | April 3, 2019 Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers was in Dodge City on Tuesday, visiting with the community and touring Western Plains Medical Complex, during his Rural Healthcare Tour. The discussion was focused on the expansion of Medicaid across the state for low-income adults and children and how the expansion would broaden […]