Local doctors backing Medicaid expansion

Officers of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County are hoping that Gov. Sam Brownback allows the federal expansion of Medicaid. Society president Bart Grelinger told The Eagle editorial board that the Medicaid program in Kansas is currently “one of the worst in the nation” in terms of eligibility criteria, and that “there is not really a downside” to the expansion. Donna Sweet, society president-elect, said that Medicaid should be expanded for compassion reasons, but that it also makes economic sense. A study released last week by the Kansas Hospital Association estimated that the expansion would inject more than $3 billion into the state’s economy, would create 4,000 jobs over the next seven years, and could save the state more money than it costs.