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New poll shows strong support for expanding Medicaid among small businesses, voters

A recent statewide poll of small business owners, voters and Republican primary voters shows that most respondents favor Medicaid expansion in Kansas and believe doing so would increase health care access for thousands of low-income Kansans, spur job growth and boost the state’s economy.

Commissioned by Sunflower Foundation and conducted Nov. 10-20, 2023, by Public Opinion Strategies, the poll focused on gauging public opinion on a proposal to expand Medicaid in Kansas. If approved, the move would allow an estimated 150,000 additional Kansans to be covered under Medicaid, with the federal government paying 90% of the cost of expansion.

Results showed 68% of registered voters, 51% of Republican primary voters and 83% of small business owners favor expanding Medicaid in Kansas. Top reasons given by respondents for supporting the measure included how it would increase health care access to tens of thousands of the most vulnerable Kansans, bring more jobs to the state, stimulate the economy, and help sustain rural hospitals.

“A decade after the first state expanded Medicaid, it is clear the impacts of expansion go far beyond increasing access to health care,” said Billie Hall, Sunflower Foundation president and CEO. “This poll provides tangible evidence that expansion is critical to the future of small businesses in Kansas and their ability to recruit and retain the workforce needed to drive the state’s economy.”

“The Hill that Healed a Nation,” a feature-length documentary produced by The Abandoned Atlas Foundation, it’s partner Prairie Nation Creative, and Sunflower Foundation, chronicles the history of the hill that is now home to the Sunflower Nonprofit Center. 

From the days when the Prairie Band Potawatomi people settled on the hill, to the innovative and pioneering work of Security Benefit Association and Menninger Foundation, to Sunflower Foundation’s restoration work and the chapter that is still being written that soon will include the restoration of the Clock Tower building, this documentary dives into the rich history of Healing Hill.

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