Kansas Democrats believe health care is a basic human right. All Kansans should have access to affordable health care. We support the Affordable Care Act, and believe the Medicaid-expansion component of the ACA should be enacted in Kansas. We recognize the benefits of this law to Kansans and support its provisions to promote wellness and preventive care, provide insurance coverage for children up to age 26 on their family’s insurance, coverage for preexisting conditions, affordable premiums, and expanded coverage for previously uninsured Kansans.
Kansas Democrats support a transition to a single-payer health care system, for example “Medicare for all.”
Kansas Democrats recognize the crisis forcing many rural hospitals and health care facilities to close. We believe public policy solutions must be found to keep health care, including dental care, accessible and affordable to our most remote rural communities, to keep hospitals open, and to encourage skilled medical professionals to establish their practice in rural communities.
Kansas Democrats support the full funding necessary to ensure that all Kansans have access to affordable mental health services. In addition, we are committed to maintaining our community mental health services.
Kansas Democrats believe the state should take immediate action on the opioid epidemic. We must confront the epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction, specifically the opioid crisis, by vastly expanding access to treatment, supporting recovery, helping community organizations, and supporting best practices by prescribers. We should also do more to educate our youth, as well as their families, teachers, coaches, mentors, and friends, to intervene early to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
Kansas Democrats oppose the privatization of government funded health care, such as “KanCare,” including mental health. We believe it is the responsibility of the State of Kansas to safely and effectively operate the state hospitals at Osawatomie and Larned.
Kansas Democrats support the right of individuals to make health care choices to receive medical procedures and treatments after consulting with their health care provider. Kansans must be able to seek care from the provider of their choice. Kansas Democrats support the availability of marijuana for medical use and protection of patients from criminal arrest and prosecution.
Kansas Democrats support access to affordable family planning services and will continue to oppose efforts to defund family planning health centers.
Kansas Democrats support comprehensive, evidence-based and age-appropriate sex education.Kansas Democratic Party Platform