Topeka Capital Journal: Missouri said yes to Medicaid expansion; will Kansas?
By Andrew Bahl | Aug. 5, 2020 It is rare that Kansans will root for Missouri in anything. But Tuesday night, residents who have been pushing for the state to expand its KanCare program found themselves in just that position as they watched voters in the Show-Me State narrowly approve their own Medicaid expansion via […]
Kansas stands alone — and is being left behind — on Medicaid expansion
By April Holman | Aug. 5, 2020 On Aug. 4, Missouri voters went to the polls and passed a referendum to expand Medicaid. Just a month earlier, voters in Oklahoma did the same. Now that Missouri and Oklahoma have joined Colorado and Nebraska to become expansion states, Kansas truly stands alone as the last holdout […]
KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters to Moms, Dads and Babies
By Brenda Bandy It’s been another long night. The baby’s been crying and no one has slept much. When was the last time he needed a diaper change? Why does nursing hurt so much? He just doesn’t settle after nursing for what seems like hours. Is this normal? Is he getting enough? A quick call […]
Hutchinson News: Medicaid expansion would benefit Kansans
By Ken Johnson, President & CEO of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center | July 13, 2020 Medicaid expansion continues as a hot topic of debate and discussion in this year’s legislative campaigns and preparations for the 2021 legislative session in Kansas. The Medicaid expansion story began in 2014 following the passage of the Affordable Care Act. […]
States That Have Expanded Medicaid Are Better Positioned to Address COVID-19 and Recession
By Jesse Cross-Call and Matt Broaddus | July 19, 2020 The 35 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have implemented the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion are better positioned to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and to prevent the ensuing economic downturn from worsening access to care, financial security, health outcomes, […]
New York Times: Millions Have Lost Health Insurance in Pandemic-Driven Recession
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg | July 13, 2020 WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic stripped an estimated 5.4 million American workers of their health insurance between February and May, a stretch in which more adults became uninsured because of job losses than have ever lost coverage in a single year, according to a new analysis. The […]
Hutchinson News: Kansans deserve vote on Medicaid
By the Editorial Advisory Board | July 10, 2020 Good job, Oklahoma voters. On June 30, you all managed to get something done that has eluded the Kansas Legislature for the better part of a decade. You successfully voted to expand Medicaid in your state, covering tens of thousands of low-income residents. Missouri voters will […]
KC Star: Does narrow victory in Oklahoma set stage for Missouri Medicaid expansion vote?
By Matthew Kelly | July 3, 2020 A win is a win, but supporters of Missouri Medicaid expansion caution against reading too much into Tuesday’s election results in Oklahoma, where voters agreed to extend eligibility for the low-income health care program by a slender 1% margin. Oklahoma became the 37th state to endorse Medicaid expansion […]