Physician members of KCMS believe Medicaid expansion is important because:
- Patients can be treated sooner if insured, and the end cost is lower.
- Our community’s economy is directly linked to its health.
- It’s important that low-income people get the healthcare they need to keep working and taking care of their families.
The Kansas and Missouri Medicaid programs currently offer no coverage to childless adults and very low-income eligibility limits for parents (19% FPL in Missouri and 33% FPL in Kansas). To put this into context, 19% FPL for a family of four is roughly $4,500 annually.
- Absent Medicaid expansion, the coverage system in both Missouri and Kansas has a large coverage gap that leaves hundreds of thousands of residents behind, because they make too much money to qualify for the current Medicaid program and too little for a subsidized marketplace plan.
If both Missouri and Kansas expand Medicaid, 400,000 people would gain access to health insurance. This would bring approximately $325 million per year into our six-county area surrounding Kansas City for the health care of our neediest residents.
- Medical Society letter to the editor in the May 12 Kansas City Star
- KCMS Letter to Kansas Legislators
- The Coverage Gap: Uninsured Poor Adults in States That Do Not Expand Medicaid (issue brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
Map of status of Medicaid expansion by state as of April 26, 2019 (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation):