Wichita Eagle: Letter to the Editor on KanCare Expansion
By Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary | Aug. 1, 2019
On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed the bipartisan Social Security Amendments into law, creating Medicaid as the bedrock program providing health care access for low-income Americans.
Today, Medicaid (known as KanCare in Kansas) is a lifeline for thousands of Kansans — particularly children, seniors, people of color, veterans and those living with disabilities. Supporting KanCare is one of the best investments we can make in Kansas’ future.
Through KanCare, low-income Kansans can better receive cost-effective preventative care and avoid catastrophic out-of-pocket medical costs. Additionally, research has shown Medicaid enrollment improves school attendance, high school graduation and college enrollment. Medicaid-eligible children earn more and require less medical care in adulthood. Medicaid has also been proven to stimulate economic growth and create jobs,