Group offers discussion on KanCare expansion, pizza

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June 24, 2019 - 10:20 AM

A state health alliance is offering an opportunity to learn more about possible Medicaid (KanCare) expansion in Kansas. A community meeting, “Break Down and Bounce Back Tour,” will be offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sam & Louie’s, 2150 N. State St. Pizza is provided.

The event is sponsored by the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, a statewide coalition based in Topeka. The organization encourages Kansans and legislators to expand KanCare to cover Kansans with income up to 138% of the federal poverty level in a way that simplifies the administrative process and avoids harm to those who fall in the coverage gap. 

Tuesday’s meeting in Iola will discuss what happened at the past legislative session, when lawmakers came close to approving Medicaid expansion but failed. A bipartisan coalition delayed passage of the state budget to try to pressure Senate Republican leaders to allow a vote, which did not happen. Lawmakers are expected to tackle the issue during the next session.

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