Join the 8-in-10 Events in March
Nearly 8 in 10 Kansans support expanding KanCare! It’s time to show lawmakers where Kansans stand! We are gathering groups at the State Capitol on each Monday in March to give legislators a visual reminder of what the people of Kansas expect of our policymakers. We’re taking groups of 10 advocates – dressed in our […]
Great Bend Tribune Op-Ed: What will it take?
By: Susan Thacker | February 3, 2022 A bipartisan group of legislators is interested in the idea of extending the Medicaid (KanCare) coverage for pregnant women to a full year after giving birth. This is good news. We hope it doesn’t mean the Legislature has given up on the bipartisan efforts to expand KanCare in […]
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 […]
Topeka Capital-Journal Op-Ed: Lowering sales tax on food and funding Medicaid expansion should go together in Kansas Legislature
By: Bill Pannbacker, former Kansas Representative | January 14, 2022 The bandwagon to eliminate the Kansas sales tax on food is gathering a crowd. The governor, the likely Republican gubernatorial nominee, former state senators from both political parties hailing from across the state and a prominent Wichita businessman are among those expressing support. As with […]
Kansas Reflector: Kansans will benefit from health provisions in Build Back Better legislation
By: Suzanne Wikle | November 30, 2021 The past two years have been hard for many Kansans. Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis has been stressful, and the resulting economic crisis has only added to the stress. Our neighbors who lack access to affordable health insurance are acutely aware of both challenges. Fortunately, policymakers have […]
The Topeka Capital-Journal: Failure to expand Medicaid hurts the bottom line of our Kansas local communities. Push your lawmakers to act.
By: Shannon Portillo and Jade Piros de Carvalho | July 30, 2021 As local governments across Kansas work on their budgets this summer, counties and cities are struggling to keep mill levies stable amid revenue shortfalls and skyrocketing material costs. Unfortunately, state lawmakers’ refusal to expand Medicaid left federal dollars on the table that could […]
New York Times: Medicaid Enrollment Surpassed 80 Million, a Record, During the Pandemic
By Sarah Kliff | June 21, 2021 Medicaid enrollment rose sharply during the pandemic, with nearly 10 million Americans joining the public health program for the poor, a government report released Monday showed. Eighty million people were covered under Medicaid, a record. It reflected an increase of nearly 14 percent over the 12-month period ending […]
Topeka Capital Journal: A Congress bill would let cities, counties sidestep states to expand Medicaid. Here is what it means for Kansas.
By Andrew Bahl | June 22, 2021 A bill introduced in Congress last week to let cities and counties opt in to expand Medicaid is gaining attention from advocates in Kansas, who have long pushed for increase eligibility in the program statewide, a plan which has been thwarted by legislative Republicans. But others caution the […]