Our fight isn’t over.
In preparation for the KS legislative session IKC co-sponsored two rallies with Alliance for a Healthy KS to share the next steps we’re taking to expand KanCare. We were fortunate to host several rousing speakers: Sheldon Weisgrau, Pastor Rick Behrens, Stephene Moore, Randy Calistrom, Anne Rauth, Matt Kleinmann, Dr. Valerie French, Patrick Sallee, Cielo Fernandez, Jerry Jones, and David Jordan.
Current legislative landscape:
- 75% of Kansans support KanCare Expansion
- 66% of Republican voters statewide support KanCare expansion
- Majority of Republican voters in every congressional district support expanding KanCare.
- A GOP pollster found that the level of awareness and engagement on this issue was the highest he's seen in the country indicating that it would be harmful to legislators if they choose to not support it.
- The Alliance is hoping Colyer will expand Medicaid and use that vote as a way to distinguish himself from Brownback.
NARAL Pro-Choice of Missouri, ACLU of Missouri,
ACLU of Kansas, Planned Parenthood Great Plains,
KU ACLU, Indivisible LFK, and Indivisible KC
November 15th was National "Thanks, Birth Control" Day. Women and families, who rely on access to affordable birth control, rallied at #HandsOffMyBC events outside of U.S. Health and Human Services offices in five cities: Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, MO. Attendees united in solidarity with fellow Americans hurt by President Trump’s dangerous policies and demanded that this administration stop their dangerous attacks on Americans’ reproductive health decisions.
Indivisible KC joined the ACLU of Missouri, ACLU of Kansas, ACLU KU (student chapter), Planned Parenthood Great Plains, NARAL Pro-Choice of Missouri, and Indivisible LFK to denounce President Trump’s executive order that allows employers to remove birth control coverage from their health insurance plans on the basis of religious or moral objection. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event! And ... extra special thanks go out to the Handmaids for braving the chilly winds, our emcee for leading us in several rousing chants, and our panel of inspiring speakers.
Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and Indivisible KC
To date, Kansas has lost over $2B in federal funds, including its own tax-payer money, to states that chose to expand Medicaid under the ACA. Expanding KanCare, our privatized Medicaid program, is a fiscally responsible Kansas-based solution that will cover over 50,000 residents in Kansas 3rd district and in the process, help create jobs, protect rural hospitals and improve the health of Kansans.
We were delighted to see so many engaged Kansans at the KanCare Community Event in Overland Park this past week. Your passion to learn, to act, and to get into the community on this issue is truly inspiring. We know this energy will translate into results that make life better for all of us. We also know that in spite of setbacks and tragedies, big and small, national or close to home, we're all in this fight together. And we can win.
Hosted by Indivisible Kansas City
Presented and Co-Sponsored by:
Indivisible KC & Alliance for a Healthy Kansas
This evening, Alliance for a Healthy Kansas joined Indivisible KC for a Health Care Town Hall. We discussed Medicaid Expansion in Kansas as well as national health issues and the effects of the latest Health Care legislation on local communities. Turnout was modest but mighty with an especially high level of engagement!
Presented and Co-Sponsored by:
Our Revolution Kansas City, Communities Creating Opportunity,
Kansas City Democratic Socialists of America, and Indivisible KC
"BUDGETS ARE MORAL DOCUMENTS! The 2018 Federal Budget is immoral, slashing funding to a wide array of departments and programs, but under particular threat is the social safety net. Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are on the chopping block. And as always, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is under threat of defunding in various ways. Billions of dollars are at stake. We cannot allow the White House to attack the poor, seniors, children, persons with disabilities, and the ill without a fight!"
"Absolutely, most heartfelt event I have ever attended. Grateful for the organizers in this room who so beautifully portrayed the problem and how to work towards solutions." —Tessa (attendee)
Presented by Co-Hosts:
MO Medicaid Coalition
Missouri Health Care for All
NARAL Pro Choice Missouri
and Indivisible KC
"Earlier this year, the Save My Care bus traveled to over 50 cities and 15,000 miles to shine a light on how the dangerous Republican healthcare plan would devastate the health and wellbeing of Americans from coast to coast. This August recess, the bus is back to tell the stories of the millions of Americans whose lives are on the line when politics trump people."
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Presented by Co-Hosts:
Seniors for Justice, Indivisible KC
Progressive Social Network Lee's Summit
On Tuesday, July 18th, before Noon, the Senate planned to take the important Motion to Proceed (MTP) vote to allow the bill to go to the floor for debate. Kansas residents joined us to ask Senator Moran to vote NO on this motion. Senator Moran said that he wouldn't support a bill that didn't meet these four criteria and we planned to hold him to his word.
2. Must protect rural health care
3. Medicaid should sufficiently cover services
4. Shouldn't stifle job growth
Representative Kevin Yoder betrayed his constituents by voting "yes" on defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare. Blunt and Roberts have supported repealing Obamacare from the get go. Constituents were asked to bring ACA support tombstones to send strong messages to our Members of Congress.
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