Kansas Lags Behind in Utilizing Federal Funds for Healthcare and Economic Boost as Majority of States Thrive with Medicaid Expansion

By Trish Svoboda

Currently, Kansas is one of only 10 states that have not utilized federal funds to enhance healthcare access, boost the local economy, and provide rural hospitals with a chance of survival. Out of the 40 states that have expanded Medicaid, 25 have also reduced individual income taxes. In 2023, the majority of these states concluded the fiscal year with a surplus in their budgets.

According to a release, Medicaid does not discourage anyone from employment. Data from a federal survey in 2021 shows that 6 out of 10 adults under the age of 65 with Medicaid work full- or part-time. If the goal is to encourage a strong workforce, providing people with access to necessary care is essential.

Without substantial and intentional changes in provider supply, Kansans, regardless of their insurance card, are likely to experience extended wait times to see a doctor.

Polls indicate that 70% of Kansans are in favor of Medicaid expansion, highlighting widespread support for this initiative.

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