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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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Kansas Stories: Donna

Donna lives in Colby, KS. She’s a proud mom; though all of her children are grown, she loves talking about them. She is also divorced and a cancer patient. She worked as a para in her children’s school district until 2015. After that, she worked managing her father’s business. Donna was uninsured from 2016 – […]

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Nurse Voices for Expansion Podcast: Lori Ranallo and Hilary Goeckner

This podcast from the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas features storytellers Lori Ranallo and Hilary Goeckner. Lori, a nurse practitioner, discusses her advocacy for Medicaid expansion. Hilary, of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, provides a look into the policy of Medicaid expansion and what it means to Kansans struggling in the coverage gap. […]

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Kansas Stories: Julio Garcia

Julio Garcia lives in Lawrence. He is a single adult residing at the Lawrence Community Shelter. He arrived in Kansas a few years ago, bringing with him an insurance plan that covered his health costs. He lost his insurance after arriving in Kansas, and he has been uninsured ever since. Julio recently finished his last […]

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Kansas Stories: Amy Houston

Amy Houston of Mulvane is a small-business owner and mother of four who is in the coverage gap. She loves living in Kansas, but fears she might have to move out of state because of her need for health insurance. Amy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2009 and began her treatments the following year. […]

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