The REACH Foundation supports KanCare expansion to close the coverage gap for working Kansans and protect the state’s health care workforce and health systems that are the primary source of care for low-income families.
- Nearly 150,000 Kansans sit in a coverage gap without affordable options. Lack of coverage puts workers, hospitals and health care systems at risk. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the financial stress.
- Expanding KanCare will inject hundreds of millions of dollars into health care systems and the economy, increasing jobs and tax revenue, and providing the state savings.
- To date, 38 states have seized this opportunity because the federal government pays 90% of the cost of expansion. Furthermore, Kansas hospitals have indicated their readiness to help with startup expenses.
- Continuing to decline expansion will not save the state money—it simply gives up the opportunity to strengthen families and the state’s economy.