Kansas Hospitals In Jeopardy Without Medicaid Expansion, Health System Leader Says
Citing declining revenues and pending hospital closures, the CEO of Kansas' largest health system, Via Christi Health, is joining other medical groups to urge state lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback to reconsider their refusal to expand Medicaid.
Via Christi, Citing Revenue Declines, Will Renew Efforts To Expand Medicaid In Kansas
Via Christi said it is losing nearly $14 million a year as a result of the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid. The hospital is joining with other medical groups in an effort to push the state to expand eligibility for the federal and state insurance program for people with low incomes or who are disabled. As part of that push, the hospital released an update Wednesday on its finances saying it lost $14 million in both 2013 and 2014 because Medicaid was not expanded. (Dunn, 9/23)
The Kansas Health Institute News Service:
Via Christi Leader: Kansas Hospitals Hurting Due To 'Failure' To Expand Medicaid
Kansas’ “failure” to expand Medicaid is putting health care providers in jeopardy, the head of the state’s largest health system said Wednesday. Jeff Korsmo, CEO of Wichita-based Via Christi Health, issued a statement calling on Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders to drop their opposition to expanding KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program. (McLean, 9/23)