Public wants Medicaid expansion; Legislature doesn’t care

healthcaregovAnother survey shows strong public support for expanding Medicaid in Kansas. Yet the Legislature still won’t hold a hearing on it. The poll by Public Opinion Strategies, which was commissioned by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, found that 72 percent of Kansans, including 59 percent of Republicans, support accepting federal funds to broaden access to Medicaid. A 2013 Kansas Hospital Association poll found that 60 percent of Kansans support expanding Medicaid. By blocking expansion, Kansas has already lost out on nearly $70 million in Medicaid funds since the start of this year, according to the Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition.