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​Kansas Hospital Group Renews Push for Medicaid Expansion

(Imiage credit: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
(Imiage credit: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas hospital group has gathered state lawmakers, health care officials and business leaders in an effort to widen support for Medicaid expansion before the start of the 2016 legislative session. The Wichita Eagle reports that presentations at the Tuesday forum hosted by the Kansas Hospital Association had highlighted possible savings such an expansion might generate. Private-sector support for expansion has grown in the past six months. Hospitals around the state have attributed revenue declines, in large part, to donated care for uninsured patients. But while attending legislators remained open to discussion of the issue this session, some say the power to "move the needle on the issue" lies higher up in the administration. Thirty states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid; Kansas has not.

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