In March 2017, the Kansas Legislature sent a bill to expand KanCare to Governor Brownback for his signature. The bill would have made health coverage available to 150,000 Kansans who earn too much to qualify for KanCare under the existing limits, but too little to qualify for financial help to buy private insurance. Despite overwhelming majorities voting in support of expansion in both the Kansas House and Senate, Governor Brownback vetoed the bill.

As a result, uninsured Kansans in the coverage gap continue to be at risk, and hospitals and other providers continue to struggle with the burden of uncompensated care.

The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is calling on city and municipal leaders and officials to add their names to this letter encouraging the 2018 Legislature to expand KanCare. We are now gathering signatures from local leaders — please be a part of this effort!

 

Kansas Legislature
300 S.W. 10th St.
Topeka, KS 66612
To: Members of the 2018 Kansas LegislatureOn behalf of cities all across Kansas, we are writing to ask that you support the expansion of KanCare during the 2018 legislative session.First, the very survival of our community hospitals is at risk if we do not expand KanCare. As we have seen in Independence, losing a hospital leaves a community without access to inpatient services, emergency and ambulatory services. Hospitals are also among our largest employers. Once gone, those jobs may never return.

As elected officials and city administrators, we don’t want this to happen in our backyard. The time to expand KanCare, and protect our residents, our hospitals, and the economic health of our community is now.

Second, Kansas has lost billions of dollars by failing to expand KanCare over the years. We have sent our own tax money to Washington, DC, only to see it benefit the residents of other states that have had the wisdom to expand health coverage to their residents.

Third, and most importantly, KanCare expansion would provide affordable health coverage to more than 150,000 Kansans. These Kansans are the backbone of our communities, running small businesses, operating family farms, or working multiple jobs just to make ends meet.

You know them. They are your neighbors and friends.

We watched last year as many of you worked hard to champion this effort because you – like we do – understand expansion not only improves the health of people who call our communities their home, but it improves the overall health of our communities as well.

Make 2018 the year we bring our hard earned tax dollars back to Kansas, where we can invest the money to support our friends and families, hospitals, and communities. We urge you to vote for KanCare expansion.

Sincerely,