HEALTH CARE

WHY IT MATTERS

Access to adequate health care is a right.  Not a privilege. That means health care is available at a fair price to all.  It also means that people have access to care in their communities - not hours away.

We live in the richest country in the world, yet suffer from one of the most expensive healthcare systems with some of the worst outcomes.

 

Partisan opposition and the health insurance lobby’s influence have driven healthcare access to a precarious point for families in Kansas and Missouri, especially hurting our most vulnerable: the working class, communities of color, and immigrants. In 2019, 70,000 people, including 50,000 children, were dropped from Missouri’s Medicaid rolls.

 

Research shows that 200,000 Missourians could gain coverage with Medicaid Expansion, which would pay for itself—both financially and in having a healthier, more secure community.

 

Join Indivisible KC and others groups leading the fight for not only accessibility, but health care as a fundamental human right, right here in Kansas City.

CALLS TO ACTION

 

10/29/19

Medicaid Expansion in Kansas


A Medicaid expansion plan was officially unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning last week. It was presented as an alternative to the Kansas House bill passed last year but which never gained any traction in the Senate. Denning’s new bill was met with an array of skepticism from Democrats and conservatives alike – albeit for different reasons.

 

What you can do: 

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

 

Volunteers across Missouri are still working to gather signatures to put Medicaid Expansion on the ballot for November 2020. Petition signature drives are still happening most weekends, and we have a huge opportunity to reach thousands of registered MO voters on election day this Tuesday! A few of your IKC organizers have already committed to volunteer from 4pm until the polls close. There's nothing more satisfying than voting "Yes" on something you helped put on the ballot!

What you can do:

  • If you'd like to join us on Tuesday, or if you're available any other day, contact Anderson, our Medicaid petition hero at Planned Parenthood Votes. Text or call Anderson at (816) 352-9933.

8/14/19

Medicaid - Crisis and opportunity in MO and KS

 

In Kansas, the conservative Legislature has given up $3.3 billion in Federal tax money which it could have received by expanding Medicaid after the passage of the ACA. State taxpayers have, therefore, really been underwriting Medicaid expansion for other states. During a panel discussion on Sunday afternoon, organized by State Representative Cindy Holscher, a Medicaid advocate and policy analyst, Sheldon Weisgrau said, “We don’t pay less federal taxes because Kansas doesn’t participate. Instead our money is going to 36 other states.”

Expansion had passed the Legislature in 2017, was vetoed by Gov. Brownback, and the Legislature was unable to override that veto. In the last session the Legislature passed Medicaid on the House side, but Republican Sen. Majority Leader Jim Denning of Overland Park would not allow any vote in the Senate. 
 

What you can do: 

  • If you are a constituent of Jim Denning's (OP District 8), demand that he hold hearings and move legislation through the new Legislature. 913-345-9416 or Jim.Denning@senate.ks.gov

 


Missouri has also failed to expand Medicaid, as simultaneously thousands of children have lost Medicaid coverage in the past year. The number of people enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program fell by more than 119,000 from January 2018 to June 2019, a drop of 12%. Most alarming, the number of children covered by Medicaid has dropped by almost 95,000 in Missouri, a 15% drop — the steepest decline in the nation among children.

What you can do:

  • Demand Governor Parson look into why so many children have been left behind at (573) 751-3222 or https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us.

  • A petition initiative is in progress to expand Medicaid in Missouri (our best chance!); to help gather signatures with our friends at Heartland Alliance for Progress and at Jobs With Justice, email Sarah Starnes at Starwal@aol.com

NEWS & BACKGROUND INFO

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LEGISLATION

Click through to read more about bills, their status, full text, sponsors and how specific elected representatives voted. (Best viewed on a larger screen.)  

Colors bars to the left of bills indicate IKC strong support (bright green) to strong oppose (dark red). 

We will be ranking more pieces of proposed legislation in the 2020 session.  If you'd like to help us sort through the bills introduced regarding health care, go to our volunteer form, here.

**Data supplied by Bill Track 50**

 
 

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