Pittsburg Morning Sun: Lt. Governor promotes KanCare expansion in SEK visit

By Jonathan Riley | Feb. 24, 2020

PITTSBURG — Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers visited southeast Kansas Monday, making stops in Baxter Springs to attend a ceremony marking the installation of a new stoplight and in Pittsburg to meet with medical professionals to discuss KanCare expansion and other healthcare issues.

Rogers’s first stop Monday was at a ceremony to celebrate a new stoplight at the intersection of Highway 69 and Baxter Springs High School, which has been the site of fatal accidents in the past, including the one that killed 17-year-old Daniel Simons several years ago.

“We went to kind of christen it,” Rogers said. “It’s been working for the last week or two. But we’ve actually been trying to get down there two other times and got snowed out, so we were glad to finally be able to get down here.”

Rogers also visited Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg to discuss efforts to expand KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program. After the January announcement of a bipartisan KanCare expansion proposal, years of disagreements over the issue have once again reemerged to stall the plan in recent weeks.

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