Urge Sen. Moran to vote NO! on Trumpcare

In the next few days, the Senate is expected to vote on a dangerous bill that would strip health care away from hard-working Kansans and families across the country -- all for the sake of giving tax breaks to the wealthy.

If this becomes law, millions of Americans will lose critical health care coverage, and the impact on people’s lives would be catastrophic.

Sen. Moran claims to be undecided on the bill. So we need you to call his office and get his phone ringing off the hook. If you get the voicemail, leave a message. We need to do everything in our power to make sure he votes NO.

Here are his offices. Call him today or whenever your can. The future of Kansas depends on it.

Hays 785-628-6401
Manhattan 785-539-8973
Olathe 913-393-0711
Pittsburg 620-232-2286
Wichita 316-631-1410

On Tuesday, June 27, the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas will be holding an all-day "Stop the Senate" call-in day. To sign up to take part, click here


2017 Legislative Session Wrap-up

The mood in this year's legislative session was like a reverse bell curve: very high expectations early, a lot of frustration in the middle, and then a great sense of accomplishment at the end. 

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KIFA 2017 Annual Dinner

KIFA_Annual_Dinner_2017.jpgOur 2017 banquet took place on Tuesday, May 23, at Temple Beth Sholom in Topeka. More than 100 people attended, making it our best annual event yet.

Our keynote speaker was Sister Simone Campbell, founder and executive director of NETWORK LOBBY and the original "Nun on the Bus." Prior to the dinner we held a meet-and-greet with sponsors, award winners, board members and Sr. Simone.

It was a delight and honor to be able to ask Sr. Simone about how she puts her faith into action and receive her advice on how we can continue with our work in Kansas. She clearly has a keen interest in our state.

Click through the photo album/slideshow below. Or click here to check out the photos from the dinner and program.


Kansas People's Agenda Tells the Legislature: Time's Up! Fix the Problems!

The Kansas People’s Agenda (of which KIFA is a constituent part) held a press conference on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the Kansas State Capitol in Room 118-N to tell lawmakers “Time’s Up! Fix the Problems!”

Even after over 100 days of the 2017 legislative session, the four most urgent issues facing our state remain to be addressed:

  • Revenue policy that meets budget needs without endlessly increasing debt and stealing from retirement plans and highways funds, and that restores fiscal responsibility through equitable taxation,
  • A school funding formula that will fund our schools adequately and equitably and that will pass constitutional scrutiny,
  • Medicaid expansion that will support the health needs of the nearly 150,000 low-income people currently uninsured, and will assure access to health care in rural areas without bankrupting rural communities, and
  • Uphold the exemption from concealed carry for public college and university campuses, and state hospitals and community mental health centers, avoiding burdensome and unnecessary costs as well increased risks which would come otherwise.
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Time's Up! Fix the Problems!

Even after over 100 days of the 2017 legislative session, the four most urgent issues facing our state remain to be addressed:  

  1. Revenue policy that meets budget needs without endlessly increasing debt and stealing from retirement plans and highways funds, and that restores fiscal responsibility through equitable taxation,

  2. A school funding formula that will fund our schools adequately and equitably and that will pass constitutional scrutiny,

  3. Medicaid expansion that will support the health needs of the nearly 150,000 low-income people currently uninsured, and will assure access to health care in rural areas without bankrupting rural communities, and

  4. Uphold the exemption from concealed carry for public college and university campuses, and state hospitals and community mental health centers, avoiding burdensome and unnecessary costs as well increased risks which would come otherwise.

In response, Kansas People's Agenda (the coalition of which KIFA is a part) will be holding a press conference on this Thursday, June 1, at noon in room 118-N in the State Capitol. Speakers will address these issues and call on lawmakers to end the session with progress toward solutions instead of stalemates and half-measures, and to begin to move Kansas onto a path where growth, prosperity and safety are possible for all Kansans. In other words - legislators, governor: "Time's up! Fix the Problems!"  

If you can make it to the Capitol at noon on Thursday we invite you to stand with us. If you can't there's an action you can take: email or call legislative leadership asking them to: fix the budget and tax mess; fully fund public education; expand Medicaid; and exempt our campuses and state hospitals from concealed carry. 

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Save the Earned Income Tax Credit!

Part of Brownback's tax "experiment" included eliminating virtually all deductions that were available to lower-income and working people: the homestead exemption on rental housing, the child care tax credit; sales taxes were raised on food as well.

The one worker-friendly policy that remained on the books was the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This very effective anti-poverty measure is refundable, meaning the person gets it as cash back, whether they have an income tax liability or not.

 

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KIFA Calls on Gov. Brownback to Sign KanCare Expansion

Lawrence, KS—March 28 — Kansas Interfaith Action today called on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to sign HB 2044, the KanCare expansion bill passed by a large majority in the state Senate yesterday.

Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, board chair of KIFA, said, “Access to healthcare is a human right. For too long KanCare expansion has been held hostage to politics. We call on the governor to do the right thing, the moral thing, and sign the bill, which is supported by the overwhelming majority of both houses of the state legislature and by the vast majority of Kansans as well.” 

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"Revenue Rev" Takes a Walk

by Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan
Board Chair, Kansas Interfaith Action
Unitarian Universalist Minister, Topeka

Aka "Revenue Rev"

This weekend (March 24-26), I will embark on an epic journey with intrepid fellow Kansans who will walk from three different cities (Manhattan, Emporia, and Lawrence) to Topeka – over 60 miles. We walk to demand that the state legislature "Restore the Revenue." We are asking for comprehensive and fair revenue reform—a return to responsibility. I am walking because I believe that revenue policies provide a moral compass for communities and, together with our budget, tell us what goods and service we will provide, who should pay for these goods and services, and who should receive them.

 

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KanCare Expansion Update - 3/10/17

The week of February 20th saw one of the most extraordinary events in recent memory in the Kansas legislature.

As you know, expansion of KanCare (Kansas' Medicaid program) has been a major priority this year for both KIFA and literally dozens of other organizations, hospitals, etc., working under the umbrella of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. A large number of the many new legislators this year had also run on the platform of expanding KanCare, so there has been a lot of expectation that something would be accomplished this year.  

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Repeal and Renege: What Faith Communities Need to Know About Health Care Reform Now

This article was written by Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Impact, the KIFA equivalent in Texas. It says what needs to be said and we appreciate her allowing us to use it here. The information on legislative contacts, of course, has been changed for Kansas.

On March 6, U.S. House leaders made public their long-awaited plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and restructure Medicaid. Key committees will have about 36 hours to review the legislation before voting on them on Wednesday morning.

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