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Kansas Group Gears Up For Push on Medicaid Expansion

Associated Press - November 18, 2013 7:30 pm

Advocates for people with disabilities are urging the federal government to require Kansas to quickly clear its backlog of Medicaid applications and to resolve problems with its application process as a condition for approving any renewal of its privatized program.

A Kansas group is gearing up to push again for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program as encouraged by the federal health care overhaul, despite strong opposition from Republican legislators.

About 30 advocates gathered Monday for a program sponsored by the Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition. The group began lobbying earlier this year to bring more people into Medicaid’s health coverage for the needy and disabled.

Instead, the Republican-dominated Legislature included provisions in budget legislation blocking an expansion.

The 2010 federal health care law encourages the expansion by promising to pay the entire cost though September 2016, then the vast majority of it after that.

The coalition contends an expansion would help thousands of Kansans, but GOP lawmakers question whether the federal government can keep its funding promises.

Fuchs Mi

November 19, 2013 at 1:56 am

What good does this do when hospitals like Salina Regional refuse to accept the coverage.

Keith Davis

November 19, 2013 at 4:04 am

You make a good point FUCHS. I do not see how SRA can refuse to accept United, except that United does not want to pay escalated costs. It probably will not be long until SRA refuses to accept any form of medicare and medicaid. I wonder how long it will be before they will blatantly refuse to file claims with the VA?

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