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Medicaid Expansion Will Hurt The Very Communities It Was Designed To Help

Jan 9, 2020 by AFP

Grassroots group responds to Senate leadership Medicaid expansion plan

TOPEKA, Kansas – Americans for Prosperity-Kansas (AFP-KS), The Sunflower State’s leading grassroots group dedicated to improving the lives of every Kansan, responded to the release of Senator Jim Denning’s Medicaid expansion plan.

“This expansion will hurt the very people Medicaid was designed to help,” said AFP-KS Deputy State Director Elizabeth Patton. “With an already limited number of providers who accept Medicaid, adding able-bodied, working-age adults to this system will make it harder for those already using Medicaid to access the care they rely on. Instead of expanding a broken system that will limit care and likely require tax increases to pay for it, we encourage lawmakers to focus on reforms that will increase access and lower costs for all Kansans.”

AFP-KS has long maintained that expanding this system to thousands of able-bodies adults will have serious unintended consequences including tax increases to cover the added costs of thousands of additional enrollees, as well as forcing thousands off of their private insurance plans.