KanCare is arguably the biggest change in the history of Medicaid in Kansas. The proposal would privatize the entire program.
Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 9:55 am
The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low-income person would have access to health insurance starting in 2014.
That's when about 17 million Americans — mostly unmarried healthy adults with incomes up to 133 percent of poverty, or about $15,000 a year — would gain access to Medicaid.
Governor Sam Brownback's administration has been working on a plan to make sweeping changes to Medicaid in Kansas.
People and groups who work with Medicaid clients are urging Missouri lawmakers to expand coverage in next year’s state budget.
An optional Medicaid expansion in Kansas would result in about 75,000 previously uninsured residents gaining health coverage and cost the state about half a billion dollars in the first seven years.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants the state to expand its Medicaid program, marking the strongest stance the Democratic governor has taken as of yet on the state’s pending decision.