Dozens of health care and nonprofit groups that support Medicaid expansion are kicking off a series of meetings across Kansas. David Jordan is heading up the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. He says the goal is raise awareness about the economic and health benefits of expanding KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program.
Jordan says the state’s rejection of expansion has cost the state more than $1 billion in federal funds over the last three years and denied coverage to about 150,000 poor Kansans. More than 75 people attended the alliance’s first meeting in Wichita last (TUE) night. Meetings are scheduled for tonight (WED) in Dodge City and tomorrow (THUR) in Garden City.
Jim McLean is a reporter for the KHI News Service in Topeka. He's also a contributor to Heartland Health Monitor, a reporting collaboration focused on health issues and their impact in Kansas and Missouri. The partners — Kansas Public Radio, KCUR, KMUW, KCPT Public Television and the KHI News Service --- strive to bring listeners and readers timely, accurate and comprehensive coverage of health and health-related issues.