Medicaid expansion

Health
5:22 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kansas Only State In Nation With Significant Increase Of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas is the only state in the nation to see a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year. Meanwhile, states that adopted parts of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines in their rates.

The adult uninsured rate in Kansas rose from 12.5 percent last year to more than 17.5 percent during the first half of this year, giving it the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the U.S. Research director Dan Witters did not offer an explanation for the growth in Kansas uninsured.

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Health
10:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better

Gov.  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, among other things. 

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Health
10:06 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Study: Medicaid Expansion Would Help Low-Income Workers and Boost Kansas Economy

Another new study says that expanding Medicaid would help low-income workers in Kansas and boost the state’s economy.

This latest study comes from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more.

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.

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Health
9:33 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kansas Hospital Association Working On Medicaid Expansion Alternative

The Kansas Hospital Association is working on an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.

Hospital Association Vice President Cindy Samuelson says that the association doesn't know what form its proposal will take.

But it has hired a firm headed by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to help with a plan.

One option is to use additional federal funds promised under the federal health care law to help Kansans buy private coverage.

Arkansas and Iowa are taking that approach.

Health
10:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Kansans Continue Push For Medicaid Expansion

Credit Julia Schwinn-Holen

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.

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Health
8:58 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Advocates Likely To Push Harder For Expanded Medicaid In 2014

Kansans will likely increase the pressure to expand Medicaid next year, to cover thousands of uninsured residents.

Advocates say they'll push for an expansion once lawmakers convene their annual session January 13.

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.

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Health
7:23 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Even Without Expansion, Medicaid Will Still See Changes

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.

The changes are outlined in a new report from the non-profit Kansas Health Institute.

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Mental Health
6:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Report: Medicaid Expansion Vital to Mental Health

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.

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…

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