A hearing on SB 436 was held on Tuesday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. This bill provides comprehensive tobacco cessation treatment for all Medicaid recipients. Tobacco use is at 17.2% for adults in Kansas, with higher rates for those with less than a high school diploma (28.7%) and making less than $15,000 a year (31.3%). Tobacco rates are also high for Kansans with serious mental illness/substance use disorders (MI/SUD), at 43.2%.
KHF is supportive of tobacco cessation programs to reduce disease and death rates from tobacco use in Kansas, lower medical costs, and improve the health of all Kansans. KHF has funded a $1.7 million Behavioral Health Tobacco Project through NAMI, Kansas, to help reduce tobacco use for those with MI/SUD.
KHF earlier submitted testimony on a similar bill SB 316.
The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, KHF focuses its work in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its 30-year history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to Kansas communities and organizations, and looks forward to working toward its mission and vision for many years to come.
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