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Kansas elections set up hidden referendum on Medicaid expansion

By Joel Mathis | Oct. 26, 2020 David Larson was alarmed in June when he started feeling sick. The coronavirus was spreading in Kansas, and the 56-year-old Wichita resident – who lives with diabetes, high blood pressure and clinical depression – knew his preexisting conditions made him vulnerable to the illness. “I came down with […]

Kansas Speaks survey shows wide support for Medicaid expansion

A statewide poll reveals that the majority of Kansans endorse Medicaid expansion. The annual survey by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University indicated that 71.8% of respondents strongly or somewhat agreed that expanding Medicaid would help rural Kansas hospital remain in business, and 64% strongly or somewhat agreed that the […]

New resource: Medicaid Expansion and Disabilities

Medicaid expansion is a policy that benefits all Kansans, including Kansans with disabilities. In states that have expanded Medicaid, thousands of people with disabilities—and personal care attendants for people with disabilities—have obtained health care coverage. These states also have saved millions in spending and decreased waiting lists for home- and community-based services (HCBS).

Pittsburg Morning Sun: Protesters march for Medicaid expansion

By the Morning Sun | Oct. 6, 2020 PITTSBURG, Kan.—The Southeast Kansas Independent Living (SKIL) Resource Center and Kansas Poor People’s Campaign joined forces in Pittsburg over the weekend to march for the expansion of Medicaid in the state. SKIL President/CEO Shari Coatney, other SKIL employees, representatives of Kansas Poor People’s Campaign and others called […]

New report shows huge economic impact of expansion for Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Gov. Steve Bullock highlighted how critical Medicaid expansion is for Montana businesses and their employees when he visited Bozeman Tuesday. Bullock met with Bozeman economic development and business leaders at Bozeman City Hall to present a report on Montana Medicaid expansion. He said the report, using data from 2019, shows how Medicaid […]

David Jordan: Kansas needs Medicaid expansion

By David Jordan | Sept. 5, 2020 Kansas, like most other states, is facing a sharp loss of state revenue due to the economic impact of COVID-19. Yet, now more than ever, Kansas can’t afford not to expand Medicaid. Despite facing a budget shortfall, Kansas forfeits $1.8 million in federal funds each day by choosing […]

Kansas Reflector: Why Kansas conservatives should embrace Medicaid expansion

By Greg Graves | Aug. 24, 2020 Today, more than 200,000 Missourians who previously did not have health insurance will soon be able to access it, through Missouri voters’ decision on Aug. 4 to expand Medicaid. Imagine waking up for the first time in a long time knowing you didn’t have to choose between your […]

Let’s make sure our voices are heard on the issues we care about

By Spencer Culver | Aug. 14, 2020 Why do we vote? For me, voting represents an opportunity to influence the community in which I live. Put another way—a vote is an affirmation of a citizen’s aspirations for themselves and folks who live near them, regardless of party. It’s also a chance to say “I’d like […]