Topeka Capital Journal: We Must Fight for Medicaid Expansion
By the Editorial Advisory Board | Aug. 11, 2020
Voters in Missouri have decided to expand their Medicaid program. That makes our neighbor to the east the 38th state to offer coverage to a wider swath of low-income people, following on the heels of Oklahoma.
Kansas must follow suit.
Roughly 150,000 of our fellow residents could end up receiving coverage, a number that is likely only increasing because of the economic toll of the pandemic. Our nation’s profit-driven health care system means that insurance is a basic necessity for everyone, from children to teenagers to adults.
Expanding Medicaid is a simple, easy way to get them coverage.
We already pay taxes to cover expansion in other states. According to the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, we have sent more than $4.2 billion in taxpayer dollars to Washington, D.C., for disbursement. But we haven’t benefited from a single cent.