Medicaid Expansion Will Do More Harm than Good in Kansas

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Contact: James Scimecca

james@solutionsproject.org
(202) 487-8652

Naples, FL — After a Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare hearing considering the state’s proposed Mediciaid expansion, Opportunity Solutions Project (OSP) released the following statement:

“Expansion threatens to push an already stretched Medicaid program beyond its limits. Although it’s being hailed as a silver bullet for the hospital funding crisis, in reality, Kansas’s proposed Medicaid expansion is anything but,” said Nicholas Horton, senior research fellow at OSP. “Evidence shows that Medicaid expansion shifts individuals off of private insurance and onto Medicaid. And by looking to neighboring states that have already expanded Medicaid, we can see that hospitals fare no better in expansion states—in fact, these states have more hospitals at risk of closure than Kansas, thanks to skyrocketing operating losses for treating Medicaid patients.”

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