Contact:

Jane Moore

jane@kansasdems.org

October 22, 2021

 

ICYMI: MISSOURI PROVIDES AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE TO ADDITIONAL 275,000 PEOPLE; KANSAS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONTINUES TO BLOCK MEDICAID EXPANSION

Topeka, KS- This week, Missouri is expanding affordable health care to 275,000 residents – and the sky isn’t collapsing. 

Republican leadership in the Kansas Legislature should take notice – especially after blocking Medicaid expansion for years, which would:

  • Provide affordable health care to 165,000 Kansans who currently fall into a health coverage gap, including 7,400 veterans and their spouses;
  • Create nearly 23,000 new jobs;
  • Produce $17 billion in economic output through 2025;
  • Raise personal income by $6.3 billion;
  • Save private-sector employers up to $80.6 million in Kansas;
  • Support Kansas’ rural hospitals and communities. Currently, nearly 72% of our state’s total hospitals are at immediate risk of financial closure; and
  • Enhance services for mental health and substance use disorders.

“It’s time Republican leadership did the right thing for Kansas families and our economy by passing Medicaid expansion,” said KDP Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt.

Read more from the Kansas City Star: You might be eligible for expanded Medicaid in Missouri: Here’s how to apply

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