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KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for Educators

By Mark Farr People often ask us why the Kansas NEA, an organization dedicated to representing professional educators, supports Medicaid (KanCare) expansion. After all, don’t teachers have medical insurance already? Most teachers have access to affordable medical insurance, and their salaries would preclude them from accessing insurance through the expansion of KanCare. But by focusing […]

KanCare Expansion: Why It Matters for New Moms and Dads

By the Kansas Chapter of Postpartum Support International Board of Directors The Kansas Chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI-KS) is dedicated to improving awareness, support and treatment in Kansas for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Fifteen to 20 percent of mothers experience prenatal or postpartum depression, making this the most common complication of pregnancy and […]

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 […]