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Letter: Expanded care

March 14, 2013

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To the editor:

There is a lot at stake for Kansas hospitals according to the new report funded by the American Hospital Association. It is titled “Economic and Employment Effects of expanding KanCare in Kansas” and is authored by researchers at Regional Economic Models Inc. and George Washington University.

The federal funding associated with KanCare expansion will help create approximately 3,400 new jobs in 2014 and 4,000 new jobs by 2020 in the health care industry. This could result in a net cost savings for the state of Kansas from 2014-2020.

According to the American Hospital Association, refusing to expand our KanCare program will result in substantial cuts to Kansas hospitals, resulting in a loss of jobs and revenue needed for uninsured Kansans. Perhaps that is why Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, whose background is in the health care industry, has now accepted the Medicaid expansion as outlined in the Affordable Care Act. Why make a decision not to accept federal funding when it prevents the loss of nearly $2 billion over seven years that would go to help our most vulnerable citizens?

Hey, if it doesn’t work for us, it can be discontinued if it is not best serving the people of Kansas.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 5 months ago

"Why make a decision not to accept federal funding when it prevents the loss of nearly $2 billion over seven years that would go to help our most vulnerable citizens?"

The answer is simple-- ideology trumps good sense in Kansas these days (because that ideology cares more about mega-profits for insurance companies, Big Health and Big Pharma than in delivering quality healthcare at affordable rates.)

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jafs 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, since I know a little bit about how KanCare has been doing, it's not such a great program.

They appear to be slow in paying providers, and are denying claims that would have been approved previously. This is clearly the only way they can save the state money. Of course, they'll make a nice profit as well.

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Katara 1 year, 5 months ago

Private insurance does that as well. There are a few providers that medical offices dread dealing with because of slow pay and denial of claims. On top of that, many make the appeal of a denial very difficult and many people give up trying.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

--- INSTEAD we improve medicare insurance to reduce the cost of government through Physicians for a National Health Program.

--- http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-resources

--- http://www.healthcare-now.org

This would create a large number of jobs........ and save billions in the process. Plus leave decisions to the patient and the doctor.

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