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.