Changes In Waivers

Changes in the waivers are concering. Sean Gatewood shares his concern in this article by Kansas Health Insitute.

Costs for Kansas insurance plans remain stable

As the marketplace open enrollment begins, consumers should shop around online for what fits them. Sean Gatewood comments this round of enrollment should go smoother than last time. Here is the article. It was also picked up by KMBC. Here is their article. 

The importance of grassroots work in the elections

Elections were so close because of the work of grassroots organizations. The Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition was mentioned as a group working on expanding Medicaid. Read the article here

Not expanding Medicaid costs millions of dollars

A study recently released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers shows how millions of dollars Kansas is losing and thousands of jobs; all for not expanding Medicaid. Kansas Health Institute  picked up the story as well as Hays Post and Great Bend. You may read the report hereKMUW Wichita Public Radio shared the story. You may listen to the story hereKCUR  also picked up the story.

No Backlog in Medicaid applications

A Kansas state official says there is no backlog in Medicaid applications. Read the story here.

CMS sends letter to states requesting mitigation plan

CMS sent a letter to six states, including Kansas, to submit a plan to address gaps in their eligibility and enrollment systems. Kansas Health Institute provided the story. Read the letter here.

Brownback and why he’s opposed to Medicaid expansion

Governor Brownback was interviewed by the Heritage Foundation on why he’s opposed to expanding Medicaid. Read his response here as well as advocate responses who are unclear of why the Governor is so hesitant. You may also listen to the interview with Sean Gatewood on Kansas Public Radio here

Medicaid expansion rally

KHCC and Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition held a Medicaid expansion rally May 30, along with 330 carnations to demonstrate the lives that could have been saved if Medicaid had been expanded. The story was picked up by the Topeka Capital JournalKansas Health Institute KCUR  and Hays Post

Press Conference on HB2553

Sandy Praeger and advocates held a press conference today, in hopes to urge Governor Brownback to veto HB 2553 . Read the Lawrence Journal World article here

Expanding Medicaid would help mentally ill

Sean Gatewood quotes the importance of expanding Medicaid for the mentally ill.  About 65,000 people receiving services from the community mental health centers are not currently eligible for Medicaid but would qualify under the Medicaid expansion. Read the article from the Wichita Eagle here.

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