They spoke of low-income housing tenants in
These are the stories of just a few of the approximately 150,000 people in
"That is the equivalent of the federal government saying, 'Give us a dollar. We'll give you nine in return,' " said
A provision in the federal health-care overhaul called for expanding
Discussions regarding the issue have not gone far in the
Many assume the state's
"Minimum wage, half-time is too rich for Kansas KanCare," he said. "Because we've set the limit so low, we've actually provided that mom with a disincentive for getting a job."
Low-income adults who do not have children cannot qualify for KanCare.
While private insurance now can be purchased on a federal exchange, tax subsidies only are available for residents within a certain percentage of the federal poverty level. Coverage often is unaffordable for those who do not meet the criteria for assistance, which leaves thousands of people without a viable option.
If those 1,000 residents were able to receive health insurance, health-care spending in
At HaysMed specifically, KanCare expansion likely would result in an additional
"Most of the rural hospitals in the state of
In addition to the local hospital taxes paid by many rural
The extra money would allow the clinic to hire additional staff and expand its services, including a high-demand dental practice. The clinic's dental service is one of few in the area that provides care to the uninsured and adult
"We take care of some of the most vulnerable of the population here in
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