KSN: ‘We cannot afford not to expand Medicaid’: COVID-19 brings concerns for the uninsured

By Korinne Griffith | June 17, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – For the 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of people are without health insurance. According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, more than 18 million Americans who are at an increased risk of getting a severe form of the coronavirus, either don’t have health insurance or have very little insurance.

Retired Doctor Robert H. Cox was one of the first to push Kansas to use telemedicine almost three decades ago.

“Kansas was one of four states that started that in the early nineties,” explained Cox.

Following his path to getting telemedicine normalized in the state, Cox says he realized that healthcare must be accessible to all.

“Whether it’s distance or finances, insurance, time, pride, whatever it is, if there’s increased resistance, there’s decreased access,” added Cox.

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