All Kansans deserve ample well being care, irrespective of their revenue, race, zip code, identification, or means. But extreme disparities live on between races and ethnicities and in rural areas, notably relating to toddler and maternal mortality and well being problems. Kansas should assist, cross, and fund measures that examine disparities in well being outcomes and stop these unfavourable outcomes by focused public well being coverage.
Rising post-birth Medicaid protection for brand new moms from 60 days to 12 months was an essential first step by the Kansas Legislature earlier this yr, however Kansas should additionally proceed to additional spend money on maternal and baby well being infrastructures and companies like native well being departments, the Tiny-Okay program and new child screening.
New and seasoned lawmakers will return to the Statehouse in January. Kansas youngsters — and their future well being and improvement — are relying on these policymakers to make Kansas a spot the place each baby can fulfill their greatest potential.
Heather Braum is the well being coverage adviser for Kansas Motion for Youngsters.