Rally in Topeka to focus on federal funding, Medicaid

Advocates for working-poor Kansans will gather at the Capitol at 2 p.m. Monday to urge the Legislature and governor to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid for the working poor.

The federal funding would close a gap that has left about 78,000 Kansans in insurance limbo, making too much money to qualify for Medicaid coverage but not enough to afford full-price coverage or to be eligible for subsidized coverage through the health exchange set up under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The gap was created when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the health care act but struck down a portion requiring states to expand Medicaid to cover all those who are too poor to qualify for the exchanges.

The federal government has offered 100 percent funding to start expanded Medicaid and 90 percent funding on an ongoing basis.

Gov. Sam Brownback has so far declined to accept the funding.

Monday’s rally will be held at the Rotunda at the state Capitol. Organizers with the progressive group MoveOn are hoping at least 100 people will turn out.