Medicaid expansion en Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better <p>Gov. &nbsp;Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, <a href="">among other things.&nbsp;</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:54:08 +0000 Kate Clause & Jim McClean 35123 at Study: Medicaid Expansion Would Help Low-Income Workers and Boost Kansas Economy <p>Another new study says that expanding Medicaid would help low-income workers in Kansas and boost the state’s economy.</p><p>This latest study comes from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more.</p><p></p><p>The Medicaid expansion study was funded in part by a consortium of Kansas health foundations, some of which also provide support to the KHI News Service.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:06:28 +0000 Jim McLean 33426 at Kansas Hospital Association Working On Medicaid Expansion Alternative <p>The Kansas Hospital Association is working on an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.</p><p>Hospital Association Vice President Cindy Samuelson says that the association doesn't know what form its proposal will take.</p><p>But it has hired a firm headed by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to help with a plan.</p><p>One option is to use additional federal funds promised under the federal health care law to help Kansans buy private coverage.</p><p>Arkansas and Iowa are taking that approach.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:33:25 +0000 Associated Press 28881 at Kansans Continue Push For Medicaid Expansion <p>85,000 uninsured Kansans have found themselves in the so-called Medicaid gap, unable to receive federal or state funding to help cover healthcare costs. Governor Brownback has deferred the issue to state lawmakers. Many local residents spoke about the issue at a legislative forum.</p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Carla Eckels & Julia Holen 28816 at Kansans Continue Push For Medicaid Expansion Advocates Likely To Push Harder For Expanded Medicaid In 2014 <p>Kansans will likely increase the pressure to expand Medicaid next year, to cover thousands of uninsured residents.</p><p>Advocates say they'll push for an expansion once lawmakers convene their annual session January 13.</p><p>The Republican-dominated Legislature's displeasure with the federal health care overhaul led it to reject the expansion, which would be paid for with federal dollars.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:58:18 +0000 Associated Press 28263 at Even Without Expansion, Medicaid Will Still See Changes <p>Kansas policymakers have decided not to expand the state's Medicaid program, or to create a Kansas-specific exchange for consumers to buy individual health insurance policies. But the Affordable Care Act is coming and it's bringing some changes to the Medicaid program, whether the state's political leaders want to cooperate or not.<br><br>The changes are outlined in <a href="">a new report from the non-profit Kansas Health Institute</a>.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:23:54 +0000 Bryan Thompson 20990 at Report: Medicaid Expansion Vital to Mental Health <p>The National Alliance on Mental Illness says gaps in mental health care could be addressed if every state-including Kansas-would expand Medicaid as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.<br><br>Rick Cagan, who heads NAMI Kansas, says the state’s system of community mental health centers is supposed to provide help for Kansans with mental illness, regardless of their ability to pay. But budget cuts have left public mental health providers unable to meet the needs…<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 11:44:02 +0000 Bryan Thompson 18098 at