TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A new billboard in the state capitol accuses Gov. Sam Brownback of denying insurance coverage to tens of thousands Kansans. The billboard reads: "Welcome to Kansas Where 77,000 people are denied health care because Gov. Brownback refuses to expand Medicaid There's no place like it!" It was paid for by the activist website MoveOn.org
It was installed at the intersection of 17th and Topeka Ave. on Tuesday and members of the organization were on hand the next morning to show it off.
"Accepting federal Medicaid funds is not only a smart economic move for our state, but ensuring that all Kansans have access to affordable health care is the right thing to do," said local organizer Dan Brennan.
According to MoveOn, up to 5 million Americans can't get affordable health care because over 20 states did not expand Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government said it would cover 100% of the costs of the expansion through 2016 and most of the cost thereafter.
Governor Brownback has not endorsed medicaid expansion, saying the state needs to focus on reducing waiting lists on those who already qualify for services.