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The Alliance For A Healthy Kansas

The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is a statewide coalition working throughout Kansas, encouraging people and organizations to promote policies that ensure everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Our membership is wide-ranging and includes business leaders, doctors and hospitals, social service and safety-net organizations, faith communities, chambers of commerce, advocates for health care consumers, and many more. We believe by unifying our voices we won’t be ignored.

Policy Goal: Expand KanCare

The first policy goal of the Alliance is to expand KanCare to cover more Kansans. Expanding KanCare would bring hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars back home, insure more than 150,000 Kansans, cover unpaid health care costs that are hurting our hospitals, create thousands of jobs, and help stimulate our economy. Many common-sense, conservative states have embraced expanding their Medicaid programs. If they can find state-based solutions, so can Kansas. Members of the Alliance agree that any proposed plan to expand KanCare should:

  1. Accept federal funds to expand eligibility for KanCare to Kansans with income up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
  2. Not come at the expense of existing programs or services, or do harm to those who currently fall in the coverage gap.
  3. Target expanded coverage options in a way that simplifies the administrative process for oversight agencies, providers, and consumers. That is, make sure those in the system are taken care of while expanding the program so it helps more Kansans.

Our Approach

The Alliance is pursuing this policy goal with a cohesive, integrated approach that includes community engagement, communications, and lobbying strategies all working in tandem.

Our Team


April Holman
Executive Director
785-861-7894
april@expandkancare.com


Sheldon Weisgrau
Senior Policy Adviser
785-408-8008
sheldon@expandkancare.com


Lauren Beatty
Communications Director
785-861-7891
lauren@expandkancare.com


Spencer Culver
Advocacy Specialist
785-861-7890
spencer@expandkancare.com


Marissa Alcantar
Storybank Fellow
785-861-7892
marissa@expandkancare.com

Member Organizations

ADAPT-Kansas
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American College of Cardiology
American Federation of Teachers-Kansas
American Heart Association
American Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City
Ascension Via Christi
Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas
Better Together
Big Tent Coalition
Breakthrough House
Central Plains Health Care Partnership, Inc.
CHC in Cowley County
Children's Alliance of Kansas
Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO)
Community Care Network of Kansas
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
Cross-Lines Community Outreach
Cultivate Kansas City
Disability Rights Center of Kansas
Douglas County Child Development Association
Douglas County Coalition on Aging
East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation
Easter Seals Capper Foundation
El Centro Inc., Kansas City
First Care Clinic
Flint Hills Community Health Center
Freedom Healthy Choices Community Development Corporation
Friends of Yates, Inc.
Good Samaritan Project
GraceMed
Grass Roots Advocates for Independent Living
Health Alliance – Wichita
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Health Partnership Clinic
Health Reform Resource Project
Healthy Communities Wyandotte
Heartland Community Health Center
Jerry White Family Care Clinic
Johnson County Mental Health Center
KanCare Advocates Network
Kansas AARP
Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
Kansas Action for Children
Kansas Advocates for Better Care
Kansas AFL-CIO
Kansas Appleseed
Kansas Area Agencies on Aging
Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals
Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living
Kansas Association of Community Action Programs
Kansas Association of Local Health Departments
Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition
Kansas Center for Economic Growth
Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Kansas Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
Kansas Dental Hygienists Association
Kansas Equality Coalition
Kansas EMS Association
Kansas Farmers Union
Kansas Head Start Association
Kansas Health Care Association
Kansas Health Foundation
Kansas Homecare Association
Kansas Hospital Association
Kansas Interfaith Action
Kansas Mental Health Coalition
Kansas National Education Association
Kansas NOW
Kansas Nurses Association
Kansas Rural Center
Kaw Valley OWL, The Voice of Midlife and Older Women
Keys for Networking Inc.
KidsTLC
Konza Prairie Community Health and Dental Center
KU HealthPartners Silver City Health Center
Labette Assistance Center
Lawrence NAACP
Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship
League of Women Voters of Kansas
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kansas
Mainstream Coalition
March of Dimes
Mental Health America of the Heartland
Mother and Child Health Coalition
National Alliance on Mental Illness-NAMI Kansas
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Oral Health Kansas
Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
Planned Parenthood
Poetry for Personal Power
Prostate Cancer Networking Group
Public Health Association
REACH Healthcare Foundation
Rosedale Development Association
Salina Family Healthcare Center
Self-Advocates Coalition of Kansas (SACK)
Shawnee County Health Agency and Community Health Center
Silver City Health Center
Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care
Sunflower Foundation
Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City
Susan G. Komen Wichita
Swope Health Services
Team Saint Mark Prison Ministry Group
The Arc of Douglas County
The Family Conservancy
The Midland Group
The Whole Person
Thrive Allen County
Topeka Center for Peace and Justice
Topeka Independent Living Resource Center
United Community Services of Johnson County Inc.
United Methodist Health Ministries Fund
United Way of Greater Kansas City
Vibrant Health
Western Kansas Community Foundation
Wichita Hutchinson Federation of Labor
Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation
Wichita Medical Services Bureau
Wichita Peace Center
Wyandot Inc.
Wyandotte Health Foundation