Gov. Sam Brownback said at a press conference last month that he was unconvinced Medicaid expansion would help rural Kansas hospitals and suggested the hospitals should innovate instead, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. Tom Bell, the president and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association, responded by writing Brownback a letter noting that hospitals already are focused on innovation, and that Medicaid expansion would help that effort. “The question is not whether the hospitals are looking for ways to innovate,” Bell wrote. “Rather, the question is whether the state of Kansas is doing all it can to support innovation in health care.” Medicaid expansion would reduce Kansas hospitals’ costs of uncompensated care by about $400 million over 10 years, according to a KHA study. – Phillip Brownlee
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