Medical society not expecting Medicaid to expand soon

healthcaregovA top legislative priority of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County is the expansion of Medicaid, but society officials aren’t expecting the Legislature to approve that this session – though they are more hopeful about next year. Society president Donna Sweet, a professor of medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and director of internal medicine education at Via Christi Health, told The Eagle editorial board that business models show that allowing the federal Medicaid expansion would be good for the state. She also raised concerns about Kansans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid under Kansas’ current rules but don’t earn enough to qualify for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But Jon Rosell, the society’s executive director, doesn’t think the Legislature will act on expansion this year, in part because it’s an election year.