by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is touring the state spreading the message that Kancare needs to be expanded in the state. They want the state legislature to expand it, so Kansas can reap the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, which Kansas has been refusing since it was passed.
A meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Raymond Frye Complex, 314 N. Washington in Wellington.
Last week, the Alliance was in Arkansas City, and told people about the benefits to the program. They are asking people to get in touch with their legislators and encourage the Kansas Legislature to take up the matter at its next session that starts in January.
Gov. Sam Brownback and conservatives in Topeka have opposed the expansion of Kancare, but with moderates winning some primaries, there is hope the legislature will at least take it up.
There were some candidates for office at the forum in Arkansas City, and they all favor expansion. State Senate candidate Don Shimkus said “it is imperative” to get expansion passed in Kansas. He said the budget and education funding are his top two concerns, followed by expansion of Kancare.