KMS Legislative Update — Week 2
This week, KMS was among about 20 organizations to give oral testimony at the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee in support of Medicaid expansion. Among the others testifying were KDHE secretary Lee Norman, MD, Tom Bell, President and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association, and Lynn Fisher, MD, on behalf of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.
Next week, three days are scheduled for opponents' testimony. Among those expected to testify in opposition are the Kansas Policy Institute and Americans for Prosperity. They argue, among other things, Medicaid expansion grows government, expands an entitlement program, and disincentivizes working.