Government
9:57 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Governor To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

Anna Lambertson is with a coalition of organizations pushing for Medicaid expansion.  She spoke during a rally at the Statehouse.  She said it was good for workers and businesses.

“Healthy workers, as I’m sure you know already, mean a productive workforce,” That’s good for our employers and for our state,” said Lambertson.  “Moreover, we could improve the health and financial security of hard-working Kansans, many of whom right now are uninsured.”

Speaking with reports, Brownback said he's still considering options and looking at what other states are doing.

“What I want to do is something that we can afford and carry the freight for the long period.”

Medicaid is a health care program for the aged, disabled and low-income. In Kansas, the income requirements for adults to qualify are very strict. Expanding the program would allow more Kansans to be covered.