Our national health care system should work for everyone

For the last eight years, we have watched our elected officials introduce and pass nationwide health care legislation. We advocated during deliberations that any bill should protect our citizens with the least means and the most health needs. When the Affordable Care Act passed, but the Supreme Court struck down the Medicaid expansion mandate, HCF […]


The AHCA and KanCare: Plan will harm vulnerable Kansans, state budget

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, will profoundly change Kansas’ Medicaid program, KanCare. The bill is currently under fast track consideration in the U.S. Senate. For more than 50 years, Medicaid has been a health coverage safety net to the most vulnerable Americans – […]


Medicaid is an essential part of Missouri’s communities

Medicaid is a long-standing important safety net program that keeps our communities strong and healthy by creating access to health insurance that participants would not have otherwise. Citing concern about rising costs of the program, there have been recent proposals in both the Missouri General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to fundamentally change the way […]


American Health Care Act: Senate must protect our most vulnerable

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that takes a major step toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), damages many elements of the Affordable Care Act that have worked to lower rates of uninsured. In particular, the AHCA allows states to […]


A great week for Kansas

Topeka Kansas Capitol

Editor’s note: Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed the bill. We expect the House to delay a vote on a motion to override the veto until next week. The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas has compiled a list of key lawmakers to contact with your concerns.  What a great week for Kansas!! I could not be more proud […]


A Health Care Foundation series: Exploring #RepealAndReplace

I have been reading so many opinions and analyses of the recently proposed American Health Care Act.  In some of the more nuanced discussions, people differ on what it will and won’t do. I think we can be certain that everyone involved recognizes that health care and insurance is complicated and that solutions for one […]


KCK mayor supports ACA by launching letter writing campaign

As Mayor of a city with a high rate of poverty, it is my responsibility to advocate for our most vulnerable residents. This includes those who do not have access to quality health care. For too long, our community has endured a high rate of uninsured residents. In 2013, before we launched a campaign to […]


Kansans deserve better from KanCare

Topeka Kansas Capitol

KanCare is in trouble. The state of Kansas’ Medicaid program, which has been run by three Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) since being privatized in 2013, is beset by administrative and operational problems that threaten the health and safety of its beneficiaries, among the most vulnerable Kansans. Patients, advocates, health care providers, and others engaged with […]


ACA uncertainty puts health care gains at risk

From inception, the Affordable Care Act attempted to strike a delicate balance between affordability for consumers and sustainability for insurers, all against a backdrop of varying health risks. Some components of the ACA have worked tremendously well, resulting in increased health care access for millions of Americans, while other components have been fraught with difficulty, […]


Election recap: The context may change, but the goals don’t

Now that we’ve had some time to process the outcomes of this general election, I wanted to provide a recap of Tuesday’s election results and some thoughts about how the election results will impact HCF’s policy work in the coming years. National Election Results While it is too early to know the impact of the […]



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HCF's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact HCF Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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