Medicaid Petitions Urge Lawmakers To Expand Health Care Access


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- One group advocating for health care access to more Kansans gathered at the statehouse Wednesday in hopes their message was heard.

The Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition delivered almost 3,000 petition signatures to Governor Sam Brownback's office Wednesday. They hope he and other lawmakers will consider using federal dollars in 2014 to expand access to Medicaid.

Federal funds would cover 100 percent of the cost for the first three years for kansans who enroll, and then will be reduced to 90 percent.

KMAC spokeswoman Anna Lambertson says the dollars would provide many benefits.

"This is really a win-win," she said. "We're helping to cover more people. We're helping people get health care at the right time and the right service. [It] generates thousands of new jobs, brings in revenue to the state, improves the health of our work force. A healthier work force is a healthier state."

KMAC estimates that if Kansas extends Medicaid to more Kansans, more than 100,000 people would enroll, most of them being uninsured.


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