Advocates set outline for Medicaid expansion options

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June 27, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Sheldon Weisgrau, with the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, talks to Iolans Tuesday evening about Medicaid expansion proposals. REGISTER/VICKIE MOSS

Not all Medicaid expansion plans are equal, a Kansas healthcare advocate told Iolans Tuesday evening.

States like Kansas that haven’t yet expanded Medicaid often add requirements that can make it more difficult to apply or receive coverage, Sheldon Weisgrau, senior policy adviser for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, said. He spoke to a group of about 20 local healthcare and political advocates as part of the “Break Down and Bounce Back” tour that visited Iola Tuesday. 

Many states have taken advantage of provisions in the Affordable Care Act that expand Medicaid to adults who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level, with the federal government covering 90 percent of the cost to states. But some states, particularly those under Republican leadership, say states can’t afford other associated costs and worry states will be left with an unfair burden if the federal rules and funding changes. 

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