Brownback not sure Medicaid expansion is sustainable

The newly formed Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition – which includes more than 30 groups representing consumers, health care providers and religious organizations – is urging Gov. Sam Brownback to allow the federal expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. But Brownback continues to express doubts. “Right now, I can’t see a path that’s long-term fiscally sustainable for us in the state of Kansas to manage,” Brownback told Yahoo! Finance recently. “But if we can do something that’s a partial measure, something that we can sustain over time, I’m very willing to look at that.” A study by the Kansas Hospital Association estimated that the expansion would inject more than $3 billion into the state’s economy, create 4,000 jobs over the next seven years, and likely save the state more money than it cost. But Brownback predicted that the cost for states likely would go up due to federal budget problems.