Proponents testify to expand KanCare at Statehouse

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Proponents of a bill to expand KanCare, the state's Medicaid Program, testified at the Statehouse Monday morning.

The Senate Public Health and Welfare held the hearing to listen to speakers in favor of the expansion.

The "Bridge to Health Kansas Act" expands coverage to include an estimated 150,000 people and outlines a number of provisions. Those include premium assistance for participants who have access to employer sponsored-insurance and a work or training requirement for anyone who is not disabled and works 20 or more hours per week.

Over 190 Kansas organizations and Kansans have submitted testimony in support of the effort to extend the health care program.

"Expanding KanCare is good for all Kansans," said David Jordan, Executive Director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. "We can't wait for DC to decide what's going to happen. We need to protect our interests, bring our money back to create jobs, to protect our hospitals and to provide access to health care for 150,000 Kansas."

In February, the expansion passed the House of Representatives by a margin of 81-44.