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Kansas stories: Doug & Jake

Doug opened his heart and his home to a child in need and adopted Jake out of foster care. Like all other kids adopted out of foster care, Jake was covered under Medicaid until he turned 18. But once the public health emergency ended and redeterminations began again, Jake lost his health insurance. Because Kansas has not expanded Medicaid, he is uninsured and in the coverage gap.

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Kansas stories: Kelsey Vetter

Kelsey is a grant writer from Lenexa. She has mild Ataxic Cebrebral Palsy, which is a brain disorder that affects balance and coordination. She works part-time for a non-profit organization, and because she isn't a full-time employee, she is not offered health insurance. Her income is too low to qualify for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

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Kansas stories: Julie Jenesta

Julie Jenesta is a social worker at the Salvation Army. She spends her time working with low-income families in northeast Kansas. Many of Julie's clients are single parents who are struggling to take care of themselves, especially when it comes to their health.

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Kansas stories: Dr. David Mouillé

Dr. David Mouillé is a retired forensic psychologist from Bonner Springs. He’s spent his career working within the Kansas criminal justice system and helping patients who have behavioral health needs. “In its current form, Medicaid does not adequately address the problems of needy Kansans and does not protect healthy Kansans,” he recently wrote in a letter to the Kansas Legislature.

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Kansas stories: Tammy

Tammy is a grandmother who recently moved from Kansas City, Missouri, to Shawnee Mission, Kansas. While living in Missouri she qualified for Medicaid; Missouri expanded their Medicaid program in 2021. When she moved to Kansas, she lost access to affordable health insurance since Kansas has not expanded its Medicaid program.

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GOP leaders ‘demonize the poor’ in Medicaid expansion debate while working Kansans struggle

Sherman Smith | Kansas Reflector December 11, 2023 TOPEKA — Marcillene Dover’s diagnosis of a chronic illness propelled her into advocacy for Medicaid expansion — and made her a target for a top GOP lawmaker. Dover was an uninsured Wichita State University student in 2014 when she learned she suffers from multiple sclerosis, a disease […]

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Kansas Reflector: GOP Leaders ‘demonize the poor’ in medicaid expansion debate while working kansans struggle

Sherman Smith | Kansas Reflector December 11, 2023 TOPEKA — Marcillene Dover’s diagnosis of a chronic illness propelled her into advocacy for Medicaid expansion — and made her a target for a top GOP lawmaker. Dover was an uninsured Wichita State University student in 2014 when she learned she suffers from multiple sclerosis, a disease […]

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Kansas stories: Tayla

Tayla is from Lindsborg, Kansas. She is a mom and she currently recently started working for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas. She's excited about her work and sees longevity in her career. Tayla has experienced mental health issues for most of her life. She has Bipolar I and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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