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KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Heart Disease and Stroke

By Kevin Harker As a proud Kansan, born and raised in a rural community, I care about the health and wellbeing of my neighbors. I believe that we should all have access to what we need to be healthy – including affordable, high-quality health coverage, no matter our personal circumstances. Our neighbors who are self-employed, […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Older Kansans

By Maren Turner In Kansas, most adults without children are completely ineligible for Medicaid health coverage — no matter how low their income. KanCare (Medicaid) Expansion will both expand access to health care for people who desperately need it and it will save the state money. This issue is particularly important to AARP on behalf […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Lung Disease Patients

By Sara Prem Breathing is essential to life, yet most of us rarely worry that our ability to breathe will be compromised by lung disease. That’s why for more than 115 years the American Lung Association has worked tirelessly to illustrate the importance of lung health and access to life-saving healthcare to treat lung disease. […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters to Children in Foster Care

By Quinn Ried and Joey Hentzler Kansas families are stronger when they have health care coverage allowing them to visit the doctor and pay for lifesaving medicines. When families are stronger, fewer kids enter our state’s broken foster care system that too often confuses poverty for neglect. Kansas can support families and improve children’s health […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Community Care Clinics

By Denise Cyzman All Kansans should have equitable access to high-quality health care. Toward that end, the Community Care Network of Kansas serves one of the largest primary care systems serving all Kansans, regardless of who they are, how much money they make, where they live, or if they have health insurance. This network of […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Your Local Ambulance Service

By Jason White Medicaid expansion in Kansas will help 150,000 Kansans get health care, arrest the hemorrhaging of federal tax payments that taxpayers in Kansas make but never get back, lead to the creation of 13,000 jobs, help keep our rural hospitals alive and help fund our ambulance services. While the big picture issues of […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters to Nurses

By Kelly Sommers As a registered nurse who has worked primarily in Shawnee County visiting patients in the home, I have seen firsthand the difficulty that Kansas citizens face every day regarding access to health care, especially primary care, due to lack of insurance. If they seek health care, it is through hospital emergency rooms. […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Mental Health Care

By Cherie Bledsoe and Brenda Adams SIDE Inc., our peer-led support organization, is located in Kansas City, Kansas. In Wyandotte County, we are in the center of our downtown. We serve a membership of individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders. We have employees that provide peer support. Our organization has been committed to […]