The Case for Expanding Medicaid in Kansas

Refusal to expand Medicaid in Kansas results in:

$350 million KS dollars lost this year No Healthcare for 78,000 Kansans 4,400 jobs NOT added Rural hospitals forced to shutdown? 330 Dead Kansans this year! Legislators: Expand Medicaid Now!

Federal Dollars Left On the Table by Governor Sam Brownback
and the Republican Controlled Kansas Legislature

Just the Facts, Kansas

  • Some 360,000 Kansans don't have health coverage
  • Some 182,000 Kansans fall into the Medicaid (KanCare) expansion gap
  • Failure to accept the Medicaid expansion is costing the Kansas economy at least $300 million in new business per year
  • Already the failure to accept the Medicaid expansion in 2014 is estimated to be causing 113 to 330 Kansans' unnecessary deaths
  • Kansas is the only state in the country to experience a significant increase in the rate of uninsured over the past year—from 12.5% to 17.6%

Uninsured Kansans

  • Earn less and do not have the financial protection offered by insurance
  • Are less likely to receive preventive and pre-natal care
  • Are more likely to go without care due to cost
  • Have higher death rates
  • Are less healthy

Bridging the Gap

  • If Kansas does not expand KanCare between 78,000 and 100,000 Kansans will remain needlessly uninsured. They will earn too much to be eligible for the current KanCare program and not enough to qualify for federal tax credits to subsidize the purchase of private insurance.
Medicaid expansion gap

Show Us the Money

Helping More Kansans

Expanding KanCare through federal aid will benefit all Kansans, not just those eligible for Medicaid. Here's how:

  • More people will receive preventive care that better protects the health of all Kansans.
  • Businesses will have a healthier and more productive workforce.
  • State and local funds devoted to care for the uninsured can be reduced.
  • The costs of incarcerating uninsured mentally ill Kansans will be reduced.
  • Local property and district taxes devoted to care for the uninsured can be reduced.
  • Jobs will be created in hospital and other health care providers, as well as in businesses that support health care.
  • Rural hospitals and other medical facilities will have more of their costs covered for what is now uncompensated care.
  • Rural hospitals could be forced to close unless Medicaid is expanded because indigent care costs are to be reimbursed to providers through the Medicaid expansion under the ACA.

Why is Kansas the only red state on this map?
Answer: because Kansas is the only state to show a significant increase in the rate of uninsured citizens.

Kansas uninsured rate increases more than 5 percentage points from 12.5% to 17.6% between 2013 and 2014.

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.

Bipartisan Support

  • Last summer a poll released by Kansas hospital showed 60% of all Sunflower state residents support Medicaid expansion. The latest poll numbers from the American Cancer Society show 72% of all Kansans favor Medicaid expansion.
  • Nationally, Medicaid expansion is receiving bipartisan support.

How does Governor Sam Brownback feel about accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid to lower-income Kansans?
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Brownback explains why Kansas is not expanding Medicaid

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."

Read more about the politics behind the failure to expand Medicaid in Kansas >> The Republican Response to Medicaid Expansion: Carefully crafted to mislead Kansans and deny those 'able-bodied' takers affordable health insurance.

The time to act is now.

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.


Vote of the Kansas Senate on House Bill No. 2552 (as ammended by the Senate)

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.


Vote of the Kansas House on House Bill No. 2552 (as ammended by the Senate)

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.