TOPEKA – A year after a report ranked Kansas last in the nation in mental health, Governor Laura Kelly today hosted a roundtable with behavioral health experts and first responders about how Medicaid expansion would improve mental and behavioral health care for Kansans. The event was held at Valeo Behavioral Health Care, a nonprofit that is the designated mental health authority for Shawnee County.
“When Kansans have health insurance, they’re more likely to get the treatment they need in a timely manner so they can continue being present and supportivemembers of their families and communities,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “If the legislature expanded access to care, it would be doing the right thing for Kansas families, for our workforce, and for public safety. It’s time to expand Medicaid.”
Kansans Join Governor Kelly's
Push for Medicaid Expansion
“The reality is, we can’t afford not to expand Medicaid,” Governor Laura Kelly said.
We think the Kansans in this clip say it plenty well for themselves. Watch this exchange between Chairwoman Kristy Williams and two rural Kansans in Topeka to discuss the hardships facing their local school district(s) and what that means for the kids there. It's a couple minutes long (most of that being the Chairwoman talking) - check it out here to see the full clip: Chairwoman Williams' exchange with two rural Kansans.