KSNT: Advocates say ObamaCare ruling brings hope for thousands in Kansas

By Rebekah Chung | June 17, 2021

TOPEKA (KSNT) — The Supreme Court dismissed challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from GOP-led states, in a ruling on Thursday.

The governor applauded the Supreme Court’s decision with the following statement.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for more than one million Kansans with a preexisting condition and the future health of our workforce. It’s clear that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and it’s time for Kansas to join 38 states and the District of Columbia by expanding Medicaid to support our economic growth, protect our rural hospitals, and provide quality, affordable healthcare to 165,000 Kansans.”

The law enacted in 2010, also known as “ObamaCare,” expands Medicaid coverage to most low-income families in the U.S. However, many Kansans are not able to get affordable health coverage, as the state has yet to expand Medicaid.

“There’s a whole group who are working hard, some of them are working more than one job, but they just don’t have the luxury of having health care coverage be a part of that, and they’re falling through the cracks,” said April Holman, Executive Director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas.

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