Last week another holdout state, South Dakota, made strides to pass Medicaid expansion for their citizens who need it the most.
South Dakota policymakers have refused expansion for years, but recently voters succeeded in getting expansion on the fall ballot. Voters will decide in November whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program or not. However, last week, powerful politicians in South Dakota attempted to derail expansion by trying to pass an amendment to their state constitution that would have required ballot initiatives to pass with at least 60% of the vote rather than a simple majority.
Fortunately, South Dakota voters squashed that amendment, keeping expansion in South Dakota within reach this fall.
Kansas is one of only twelve states in the U.S. that hasn’t expanded Medicaid. Last week, we told you about progress made in North Carolina to expand the state’s Medicaid program. It seems other holdout states are making progress and having conversations about expansion, while Kansas continues to fall behind.
It’s time for the small group of politicians in Kansas who are blocking KanCare expansion to get out of the way. Nearly 8 out of 10 Kansans agree – it’s time for a long-term solution to the coverage gap issue. It’s time to expand KanCare.
Tell Kansas policymakers: Stop standing in the way of expansion!