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Kansas

 SB 464 – Access to Diagnostic Imaging

Millions of women across the country now have access to free screening mammography, thanks to its inclusion as a required essential benefit under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, if the results of that screening mammogram suggest the need for a follow-up exam to determine if the woman has breast cancer, she may be faced with hundreds to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs — all before she gets to treatment.

A big THANK YOU to Senator Dinah Sykes who introduced SB 464 February 20.  This bill increases access to medically-necessary diagnostic breast imaging by reducing out-of-pocket costs for patients.  Here’s a link to the full bill.

SB 252 – Medicaid Expansion

Most people eligible for KanCare expansion are in working families.  In Kansas, more than two-thirds of those eligible for KanCare expansion work or are in working families. Most are employed in the service industry, construction, retail, and other industries characterized by small firms that are less likely to offer affordable insurance. Nationally, one in four are caring for children, one in five have medical issues that limit their ability to work, and 17% are over age 55.  Learn more about Why Expansion Matters & how you can get involved atAlliance for a Healthy Kansas.