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Medicaid Cuts Add to Kansas Health Care Providers’ Concerns

Associated Press - June 15, 2016 1:14 pm

A top Democratic lawmaker says he is joining the crowded race to replace Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. House Minority Leader Jim Ward of Wichita announced his candidacy Saturday. He had named former Democratic Party chairman Lee Kinch as his campaign treasurer earlier this week.

Health care analysts say Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to cut money for Medicaid health coverage for the needy, disabled and elderly will add to the problems some hospitals are facing.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the 4 percent budget-balancing Medicaid reimbursement cut takes effect July 1.

Health care providers already had been raising concerns that the state’s decision to not expand Medicaid was harming them. Currently, Kansans who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but don’t make enough money to qualify for federal subsidies, fall into a coverage gap. When patients are uninsured and can’t pay, the hospitals get stuck with the cost.

Cindy Samuelson, of the Kansas Hospital Association, says the budget is being balanced “on the shoulders of providers and patients around the state.”

Larry Elmquist

June 16, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Someday I hope to have the opportunity to wipe that smile off Governor Brownback’s face.

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