Nearly 182,000 Kansans...
...in the 'Eligibility Gap'
Kansas uninsured rate increases more than 5 percentage points from 12.5% to 17.6% between 2013 and 2014. Kansas is alone by an order of magnitude in that colossal policy failure.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback:"...we're trying to push people who are able-bodied right now to get a job...That is a far more likely route out of poverty than having a bunch of government programs where you're giving handouts to able-bodied individuals."
Even though the Legislature passed a last minute sneaky amendment to a routine bill (House Bill No. 2552) to take the question out of the governor's hands before the November election, we can voice our disapproval at the ballot box this November.
Contact your legislators. If your Kansas State Senator or your Kansas State Representative voted against Medicaid expansion (a 'yea' vote on House Bill No. 2552, see below), tell them you will be voting against them this fall, because they are committing fiscal malpractice. If they voted for expansion (a 'nay' vote on House Bill No. 2552, see below), let them know you appreciate their principled stand on this issue.
Contact Governor Brownback. Tell him you will NOT return him to office this coming November.
HB 2552, AN ACT concerning the Kansas medical assistance program; amending K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 39-709 and repealing the existing section.
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 33; Nays 7; Present and Passing 0; Absent or Not Voting 0.
Yeas: Abrams, Apple, Arpke, Bowers, Bruce, Denning, Donovan, Fitzgerald, Holmes, Kelly, Kerschen, King, Knox, LaTurner, Longbine, Love, Lynn, Masterson, McGinn, Melcher, O'Donnell, Olson, Ostmeyer, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook, Powell, Pyle, V. Schmidt, Shultz, Smith, Tyson, Wagle, Wolf.
Nays: Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hawk, Hensley, Holland, Pettey.
The bill passed, as amended.
On motion of Rep. Rubin, the House concurred in Senate amendments to HB 2552, AN ACT concerning the Kansas medical assistance program; amending K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 39-709 and repealing the existing section.
(The House requested the Senate to return the bill, which was in conference).
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 68; Nays 54; Present but not voting: 0; Absent or not voting: 3.
Yeas: Anthimides, Barker, Bradford, Bruchman, Brunk, Couture-Lovelady, Campbell, Carlson, Carpenter, Cassidy, Christmann, Claeys, Corbet, Crum, E. Davis, DeGraaf, Dove, Edwards, Esau, Estes, Gandhi, Garber, Goico, Gonzalez, Grosserode, Hawkins, Hedke, Highland, Hildabrand, Hoffman, Houser, Howell, Huebert, Hutton, Johnson, Jones, Kahrs, Kelley, Kelly, Kiegerl, Kinzer, Kleeb, Lunn, Macheers, Mason, Mast, McPherson, Meigs, Merrick, O'Brien, Osterman, Peck, Petty, Phillips, Powell, Proehl, Rhoades, Rothlisberg, Rubin, Ryckman Jr., Ryckman Sr., Schwab, Seiwert, Suellentrop, Sutton, Todd, Vickrey, Whipple.
Nays: Alcala, Alford, Ballard, Becker, Boldra, Bollier, Bridges, Burroughs, Carlin, Carmichael, Clayton, Concannon, Curtis, P. Davis, Dierks, Doll, Edmonds, Ewy, Finch, Finney, Frownfelter, Henderson, Henry, Hibbard, Hill, Hineman, Houston, Jennings, Kuether, Lane, Lusk, Lusker, Meier, Menghini, Moxley, Pauls, Perry, Rooker, Ruiz, Sawyer, Schroeder, Sloan, Sloop, Swanson, Thompson, Tietze, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Waymaster, Weigel, Wilson, Winn, Wolfe Moore.
Present but not voting: None.
Absent or not voting: Read, Schwartz, Thimesch.
Finn Bullers: "Sam Brownback tried to kill me"... one of many reasons why Kansas needs Paul Davis as our next governor.
David Neal: The Republican Response to Medicaid Expansion... Carefully crafted to mislead Kansans
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Praeger: Expand Medicaid and Oppose Privatizing Medicare through the Health Care Compact Law
Larry Weigel: Brownback to remove Kansas from the Federal Medicare System...a disaster for all of us