Insurance commissioner sees need for Medicaid expansion

Include Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger among those supporting an expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. She said the expansion of Medicaid would help low-income Kansans who are not getting the care they need, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. It also doesn’t make sense to forgo hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding and have that money go to other states, she noted. Not expanding also would hurt hospitals, because federal subsidies for treating those without insurance are declining (in anticipation that Medicaid is expanding). “That could mean the difference, especially for some of our rural hospitals, between being able to keep their doors open (or not),” Praeger said.