In 2010 Democratics in Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), making health insurance coverage available to everyone regardless of their age, income, or pre-existing conditions. Federal funding was also expanded to states to cover citizens eligible for medicaid. Kansas has not expanded medicaid, costing the state approximately 5.3 Billion within a decade.

Because Kansas has not expanded Medicaid, adults without minor children are not eligible for Medicaid unless they’re elderly, pregnant, or disabled. Parents with minor children are eligible, but only if their income is less than 38 percent of the poverty level. For a family of three, that amounts to less than $8,000 in total income in 2018.

In 2017 both chambers passed medicaid expansion, which was quickly vetoed by the Republic governor. The Senate fell 2 votes shy of overriding the veto.

Healthcare costs have continually skyrocketed, even for those taking part in the ACA program. While Democrats work to understand the problems within the system and contain the inflated cost of prescription drugs Republicans in Congress continually work to end the Affordable Care Act and protections for pre-existing conditions.