Kansas: Medicaid Expansion Would Create 23,000 New Jobs

ICYMI: New Report Today Says Medicaid Expansion Would Create 23,000 New Jobs in Kansas

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Kansas could add nearly 23,000 new jobs if the state expanded Medicaid, according to a new report on the economic and employment effects of expansion in states that have not adopted it.

While most of the new jobs would go to the health care sector, expansion would also create positions in retail, construction and other fields.

Those are some of the findings of the report, released Thursday from The Commonwealth Fund and George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.  (The Commonwealth Fund is a foundation that aims to support the health care system and improve access.)

“Medicaid expansion will fuel stronger state economies because of the inflow of federal funding,” the report’s authors wrote.  “These benefits do not include other possible effects, such as greater productivity because of better health.”

Overall, the report estimated 11,900 new jobs in health care, 2,400 in retail, 1,600 in construction, 700 jobs in finance and insurance and another 6,300 new jobs in other sectors across Kansas.

Generally, the job creation would stem from the additional federal money flowing into states to fuel growth, according to the report.

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