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AARP Kansas Urges the Legislature to Pass an Expansion of 'KanCare'


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WITH THE LEGISLATURE ABOUT TO RETURN TO SESSION, "A-A-R-P KANSAS" IS URGING LAWMAKERS TO APPROVE AN EXPANSION OF MEDICAID IN THE STATE--ALSO KNOWN AS "KAN-CARE"DOCTOR MAREN [AS IN "KAREN"] TURNER IS THE GROUP'S STATE-DIRECTOR...

(TURNER):
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WE STRONGLY URGE THE LEGISLATURE TO EXPAND 'KAN-CARE'; EXPANSION WOULD INCREASE ACCESS FOR THOSE WHO DESPERATELY NEED IT--AND WOULD SAVE THE STATE MONEY.  THIS ISSUE IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO KANSANS WHO ARE 50 OR OLDER, BUT NOT YET ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICARE:  RESEARCH FROM A-A-R-P'S 'PUBLIC-POLICY INSTITUTE' HAS FOUND THAT EXPANDING 'KAN-CARE' WOULD PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR OVER 20-THOUSAND UNINSURED KANSANS--AGE-50 TO -64--WHO WERE LIVING AT, OR BELOW, 138-PERCENT OF POVERTY, IN 2010.  OLDER ADULTS ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO DETERIORATION IN FUNCTION AND HEALTH-STATUS, IF THEY DON'T HAVE COVERAGE.  AND, THIS PLAN WOULD GIVE THOSE WITHOUT INSURANCE ACCESS TO PREVENTIVE CARE THAT CAN BOTH SAVE LIVES, AND EASE EMERGENCY-ROOM OVERCROWDING THAT HURTS ALL OF US."

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TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"K-S".



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