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Kansas hospitals campaign for Medicaid expansion

Posted: 9:58 PM, Sep 24, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-25 02:58:17Z

A hospital in southeastern Kansas says it's losing almost $14 million each year as a result of the state's decision not to expand Medicaid.

Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg has joined a coalition of health care organizations pushing Gov. Sam Brownback and the state Legislature to expand Medicaid during next year's session.

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As part of that effort, the hospital provided an update on its finances Wednesday, saying it lost about $14 million in both 2013 and 2014 because Medicaid wasn't expanded.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Via Christi's president and CEO expects the hospital to see the same loss this year.

Kansas is one of 20 states that have refused to expand Medicaid, the health care program that helps the poor and disabled.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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