Sep 24, 2021 11:27 AM

Johnson: Hutchinson Regional still supports Medicaid Expansion

Posted Sep 24, 2021 11:27 AM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System CEO Ken Johnson notes that the system continues to support the general idea of Medicaid Expansion.

"We are in support of Medicaid Expansion and we have been over the last several years, since it was first offered back in 2014," Johnson said. "We are very interested in what the final provision is and how it's going to get rolled out."

This effort is at the federal level. Previous efforts have been at the state level, but Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has expressed her support for the effort.

"The impact for us specifically will be millions of dollars over a period of time," Johnson said. "In fact, not just Hutchinson Regional but other healthcare organizations in our community and in our state, as well."

Governor Kelly's office says passing expansion would end up creating $17 billion in economic output through 2025.

"Additional reimbursement certainly benefits the organization as a whole," Johnson said. "We provide upwards of $20 million a year in uncompensated and charity care. That's a significant burden that is unreimbursed."

Kelly's office estimates expansion would add nearly 23,000 new jobs in the state of Kansas.