Kansas needs to expand Medicaid now more than ever

The state legislature reconvenes April 27. First on their agenda should be to provide healthcare for the thousands of Kansans who have lost their health benefits through the loss of their jobs.

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Opinion

April 2, 2020 - 10:21 AM

When the Kansas Legislature comes back to Topeka, they’ll undoubtedly take up the topic of aid to citizens impacted by our current circumstances. Expanding Medicaid is a critical need they must address, and every Republican leader who has stood in the way of passing the bill should stand down.

As the numbers of Kansans laid off from their jobs continue to skyrocket, the failure of the Legislature to expand Medicaid presents an even grimmer reality for maintaining a healthy populace.

For years we’ve advocated for expansion, believing that health care options for food service workers, truck drivers and grocery store clerks are vital to having a healthy workforce and a strong economy.

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