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new report confirms benefits of kancare expansion to behavioral health system

Expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, KanCare, would have a significant effect on the state’s behavioral health system, according to a new study from the Kansas Health Institute. The study showed that, among other things, KanCare expansion would lead to increased resources for behavioral health providers; decrease the costs of county jails in Kansas; and reduce the number of children entering the Kansas foster care system due to neglect. Kansas is one of only eleven states in the national who haven’t expanded their Medicaid programs.

New Survey Shows Statewide Bipartisan Support for KanCare Expansion

A new statewide survey finds that almost 8 in 10 Kansas voters (78%) support expanding KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program, so that more low-wage Kansans can qualify for health coverage. Kansas is one of 12 states nationwide that has not expanded its Medicaid program, leaving thousands of residents with no affordable health insurance options. The […]

Statement from the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas on Medicaid expansion amendment vote

Statement from April Holman, executive director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, on the Medicaid expansion amendment debated today in the Kansas House: “The dialogue on Medicaid expansion during the House budget debate this afternoon highlighted the great need for expansion and the benefits it would bring to the physical and financial health of […]

Statement from the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas on Medicaid expansion bill

Expanding Medicaid is one of the most cost-effective tools our state can use to protect our residents, health care providers and economy during the COVID-19 crisis and later as we rebuild. With that in mind, we commend the governor for her commitment to this issue. We will need to discuss the full scope of Governor […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Film competition: Prizes awarded for short films about health insurance

The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is seeking submissions for a short film competition. Three winners will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. What kind of film should I make? The Alliance is seeking short films (10 minutes or less) about Medicaid (KanCare) expansion. Films may focus on people, places, health […]