Nationally, the numbers of Americans without health insurance decreased during the most recent reporting period, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But the good news doesn’t extend to Kansas, where the percentage of Kansans without health coverage rose from 11.3 percent in 2005-06 to 12.5 percent in 2006-07. Only nine other states saw increases over the latest two-year period. “This is a marathon, not a sprint,” Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, recently said of the Legislature’s efforts toward health reform. But it also should be a growing priority for lawmakers.
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