Sixty percent of Kansans support the federal expansion of Medicaid in our state, according to a survey released last week by the Kansas Hospital Association. And nearly 3 in 4 Kansans think the state should maximize federal funds and prevent Kansas tax dollars from going to other states. Not expanding Medicaid would mean forgoing these funds and result in significant hardship on hospitals, because the Affordable Care Act reduces payments to hospitals that serve low-income uninsured patients (in expectation that many of these patients would be joining Medicaid). “It amounts to real cuts to hospitals,” said KHA president Tom Bell.
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