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Kansas lawmakers take big step toward expanding Medicaid

Kansas lawmakers took a major step Wednesday toward expanding Medicaid, a change that could extend health coverage to 150,000 Kansans but potentially cost $47 million a year. Lawmakers, ignoring Republican objections, forced the House to debate Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s Medicaid plan and advanced it on a 70-54 vote. Read more

Letter to Editor: KanCare Expansion

By Dr. Jeremy Presley | March 20, 2019 I am a family physician in Dodge City. I am also the President of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. In family medicine, we strive to achieve the triple aim: better care for patients, improved outcomes, and lower costs. In my practice, I see patients every day […]

Hutchinson News: Disability community supports expanding KanCare

By Chris Owens | March 14, 2019 For several years, health advocates, business leaders, and others – including thousands of Kansans – have worked to expand KanCare, the Kansas Medicaid program. KanCare expansion would provide affordable health insurance coverage to 150,000 Kansans who are caught in a cruel coverage gap – they earn too much […]

Oswego Community Hospital announces closure, citing failure to expand Medicaid

One of three hospitals in Kansas owned by EmpowerHMS announced Thursday it has closed its doors immediately, saying revenue hasn’t been enough to cover payroll. The board of directors of Oswego Community Hospital, located in Oswego in the far southeast corner of the state, announced the decision in an emailed statement. Included in the hospital’s closure, according […]

WIBW-13: WATCH: Cancer survivors, family members encourage lawmakers to expand KanCare

Dozens of cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state gathered in Topeka Tuesday to encourage expanding Medicaid. They took part in the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Annual Day at the Capitol. The group met up at the Historic Topeka Fire Station on Southwest Van Buren then headed to the Statehouse […]

Topeka Capital Journal: Cancer survivors support raising tobacco use age limit to 21, expanding access to Kansas Medicaid

By Tim Carpenter | February 5, 2019 Stephanie Barr spoke from the heart about health reform Tuesday as a cancer survivor who was around cigarette smoke in her youth. Barr was 30 years old and without insurance when her breast cancer was diagnosed, but she qualified for care under a provision of Medicaid applicable to women […]

KAKE: Kansans falling through the cracks want Medicaid expansion

Jimmy Olsen’s story is familiar to those who have been fighting for Medicaid expansion in Kansas. We’ve featured his story on our website over the last several years because his example is just one of thousands that have been shared with us during this campaign. KAKE interviewed Jimmy about the challenges he’s facing now, as […]

Testimony to Bob Bethell Joint Committee on HCBS and KanCare Oversight

Bob Bethell Joint Committee on HCBS and KanCare Oversight Written Testimony Only April Holman, Executive Director Alliance for a Healthy Kansas November 8, 2018 Chairman Hawkins and Members of the Committee – Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to provide testimony in support of KanCare Expansion. My name is April Holman and I am […]