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For red state holdouts like Kansas, is expanding Medicaid within reach?

New York Times (Noah Weiland)

April 3, 2024 — As Southern states reconsider Medicaid expansion, Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas is pushing her own plan, which includes work requirements meant to appeal to conservatives. So far, success has been elusive. The Kansas Health Institute has estimated that about 70 percent of those who would become eligible for Medicaid under expansion are working.

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4-Minute Listen: Kansas’s Democratic governor is trying to expand eligibility for Medicaid

Kansas Public Radio (Ayesha Rascoe)

March 31, 2024 — Kansas is one of only 10 states that has not expanded eligibility for Medicaid. Many Republican lawmakers there oppose it, and the state’s Democratic governor is trying to get them to change their minds and open the health program to some 150,000 low-income residents. Most adults who’d be covered by expansion actually do work at least part time, according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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County gets mixed grades on health

Marion County Record (Phyllis Zorn)

March 28, 2024 — A newly released study by the Kansas Health Institute shows both improvement and worsening of health in Marion County. County residents score better than the national averages on employment, children not living in poverty, high school diplomas and other social determinants of health. However, Marion County residents are slightly more likely to smoke and equally as likely as other Kansans to be overweight.

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