The REACH Foundation supports expanding KanCare to provide coverage for 160,000 Kansans and sustain the healthcare workforce and health systems which are the primary source of care for low-income families.
- Kansas is one of 11 states that have declined federal resources to extend coverage to low-income adults and families–leaving Kansans without coverage options and placing the state at an economic disadvantage.
- Kansas spends more per capita on Medicaid than other expansion and non-expansion states, and uses state general revenue to pay for critically important mental health and substance abuse treatment services that would be covered with federal expansion dollars.
- KanCare expansion would fix the state’s restrictive eligibility limits. The income limit to qualify is less than $8,750 a year for a family of three–less than $4 per hour.
- Kansans see KanCare expansion as a sensible solution. Numerous polls show consumers and voters support expanding coverage–and want policy makers to answer this need.
“The Unexpected Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid in Kansas,” University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research
“New Survey Shows Statewide Bipartisan Support for KanCare Expansion,” Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, 2002