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 for change in Kansas’ healthcare system during a peaceful protest march that began at the Pittsburg SKIL office, stopped at Sen. Jerry Moran’s office and concluded at the public pavilion west of Broadway St.

Since 2014, Kansas has lost millions of dollars because it has refused to expand Medicaid, causing great stress on community programs and services, according to the Kansas Poor People’s Campaign. SKIL and the Campaign hosted the march because Kansas continues its refusal to expand Medicaid healthcare coverage, even amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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