HEALTHCARE

31 KANSAS HOSPITA...

It's true---31 hospitals in Kansas are at risk of closure (sources: Kansas Hospital Association). Especially rural hospitals. Why? Because Kansas has chosen not to expand Medicaid, unlike most other states. This should not be a partisan conversation---both Republicans and Democrats support this expansion. While Kansans are paying for this expansion in other states, we are not receiving any of that money. Kansas hospitals, along with Kansas' working poor, are hurting from Governor Brownback's refusal to even consider the subject. Medicaid reimbursements have declined and hospitals are paying the price. Our state has lost $1.7 million in the past 4 years thanks to the Governor's decision. Arkansas expanded Medicaid in 2013 and has seen a dramatic economic boon...and almost every Arkansan is insured. Hospitals, medical staff, and the Kansas Medical Society support this....and Kansas citizens should too.