‘i refuse to give up this fight:’ Laura Kelly reignites battle over Medicaid expansion
Governor Laura Kelly kicked off a statewide lobbying tour with the announcement that Medicaid expansion is her number one priority this year. "I refuse to give up on this fight," Governor Laura Kelly said Wednesday reigniting the battle over Medicaid expansion in the state.
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story of the month: Kansas navigator
A single mom with four children came in to see what options she might have for health insurance coverage. She hadn't had health insurance for several years and knew that she needed assistance to find affordable health coverage. She filled out an application for the Health Insurance Marketplace, hoping to get financial assistance or find something affordable. At the end of the application, though, it was clear: she was left without any affordable options. She made too much to qualify for the stat
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story of the month: NEK-CAP navigator
As a navigator working for the Northeast Kansas Community Action Program (NEK-CAP), our storyteller this month had a client come in looking for health insurance. The client was a woman living in the area who had been experiencing several health issues. These health issues prompted her to seek help in looking for health insurance to help pay for her treatments.
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Kansas stories: Theresa*
Theresa is from western Kansas and is a mom of two. Her coverage gap story is about her son, David. David has been enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has been a huge help getting his behavioral health needs met. It has also helped him stay on much needed medications, which cost about $2,000. Prior to having health insurance, David spent a lot of time in special needs classrooms, but with the treatment and medication he was able to get through CHIP, that changed.
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Kansas stories: Stephanie
Stephanie is from Paola, Kansas. She is a mom of three children and a caretaker for her grandfather. When the pandemic hit, Stephanie lost her job. Like so many other Kansans, she struggled. Stephanie will lose her KanCare coverage during the renewal process. Since she owns her own cleaning business, she does not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance. Knowing this is a major stressor in Stephanie's life.
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Kansas stories: Mary
Mary is from Prairie Village. She is a mom who moved to Kansas from Arizona many years ago. When she moved here, she wanted to settle down, establish roots, and buy a home. After arriving in Kansas, Mary started working in a factory. She also took jobs landscaping and cleaning houses. Unfortunately none of her jobs offered employer-sponsored health insurance.
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Kansas stories: tammi
Since Tammi can't see to drive, she is unable to work. She wants to get her eyes fixed so she can get back to work and finish paying off her house. She needs health insurance to help pay for her care so she can start working again.