WICHITA - The Kansas Hospital Association is working on a proposal to expand Medicaid in Kansas. The group will submit its plan to the legislature in January.
It's estimated about 150,000 low-income Kansans are not covered by insurance. When they get sick and need treatment, medical providers usually have to eat the cost.
Kansas has been reluctant to embrace Medicaid expansion, which is part of Obamacare, even though the federal government promises to pay for it fully the first few years, and then pick up most of the cost after that.
The Kansas Health Institute News Service quotes Kansas Hospital Association President Tom Bell as saying his group will borrow elements from private sector expansion proposals in other states to craft a unique Kansas proposal. The legislature will be asked to consider it.