Representative Sharice Davids emphasizes need to expand Medicaid in Kansas

Pictured: Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS-03).(Photo: davids.house.gov)

Essential that Kansas joins 36 states that have already expanded Medicaid to lower healthcare costs, increase access to quality healthcare coverage, and protect those with pre-existing conditions, says Davids

News Release

Office of Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS-03)

Emphasizing the importance of expanding Medicaid in Kansas, Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS-03) has co-sponsored the Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act of 2019 (H.R. 584). This bill would incentivize eligible states, including Kansas, to expand Medicaid by starting the amount the federal government matches state’s investment for expansion at 100 percent.

“From skyrocketing prescription drug prices to rising premiums, too many Americans are struggling with the basic costs of healthcare and access to quality coverage. It’s essential that Kansas joins the 36 states who have already expanded Medicaid to lower healthcare costs, increase access to quality healthcare coverage, and protect those with pre-existing conditions in our own communities,” said Davids.

This bill would allow states to receive 100 percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentages for the first three years after it expands Medicaid, 95 percent for the fourth year, 94 percent for the fifth year, 93 percent for the sixth year, and 90 percent all years thereafter.

“It’s no secret that expanding Medicaid is my priority – it will create jobs, support rural hospitals, keep our tax dollars here in our state, and make Kansas families stronger. I’m pleased to have Representative Davids advocating to expand Medicaid in Congress and looking for ways to further supplement the state’s investment. I look forward to working with her to make sure all Kansas have access to affordable healthcare,” said Governor Laura Kelly.

“We applaud Representative Davids’ support of this bill to incentivize Medicaid expansion for states like Kansas. The Chamber recognizes the importance of accessible and affordable health care for Kansas providers, employers, and residents. There are both personal and economic costs to not expanding. Uninsured individuals often work while sick or postpone seeking care. Expanding access to care will both improve the lives of the working uninsured in our state as well as the businesses and others throughout the system currently underwriting the escalating costs of uncompensated care,” said Tracey Osborne Oltjen, President & CEO of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce.

To view the full bill text, click here.  

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