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Kansas Stories: Chandra

Chandra is from Wichita. She is a mom and a poet, and is currently working on her second poetry collection. Chandra's KanCare expansion story is about her mom, Jo Anne. Jo Anne never really had access to insurance. She worked waiting tables -- a job that didn't provide health insurance. She made too much to qualify for KanCare, the state's Medicaid program. She tried to apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, but she would have had to pay full price because she made too lit

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St Joseph News-Press Now: Kansas residents await Medicaid expansion

By: Quinn Ritzdorf, News-Press NOW | November 20, 2022 Hundreds of thousands of Kansas residents are without affordable health insurance, stuck between qualifications for Medicare and Medicaid. Tammi Johnson Arellano is one of those residents in limbo. She was recently diagnosed with cataracts and the doctor told her she is halfway to being blind. “I […]

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Kansas Stories: Dr. Whitney Trusty

Dr. Whitney Trusty is a family medicine physician in Kansas City, KS. She sees many underinsured and uninsured patients in her work. Dr. Trusty knows there are a lot of issues in the healthcare system, many of which stem from insurance coverage. She doesn’t believe that care should be determined by what someone can pay, […]

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Kansas Stories: José Luis

I had to leave my country where I have lived and worked all my life, where my children were born and raised, so that [...]

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Kansas Stories: Olivia & Saul

Not having medical coverage has affected us a lot financially. In 2019, I had health insurance from my job, but when I lost my job, [...]

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Kansas Stories: Jaime

“My name is Jaime, and I am the father and provider of my home. I have three children and I live with my wife in Kansas City, Kansas. We are a united family and take great care of each other. Family is everything to me; I long to live to see my children grow up […]

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Kansas Stories: Marlon

Marlon is from Kansas City, Kansas. Here is his story: “I haven’t had insurance in about 5 years. I used to be a normal, healthy guy. Now I’m almost bedridden. It’s a horrible experience. “I’ve had strokes and my kidneys shut down on me. I go back to the hospital constantly with high blood pressure […]

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Kansas City Star: Kansas mother had to put her health ‘on the back burner.’ New funding will change that

By: Katie Bernard, Kansas City Star | May 6, 2022 After giving birth to her third child, Stephanne Rupnicki spent the next year fighting an infection from breastfeeding. She needed antibiotics but, like 14,000 Kansas women each year, she had gone on Medicaid during her pregnancy but lost coverage eight weeks after giving birth. For […]

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