Technology Needed!

Our Healthy Hearts Food Program is ready to revolutionize and improve the way our enrolled, home childcare providers do business; but we need help purchasing the software that will make preparing nutritious meals and operating a healthy-kids environment a breeze!  The software expense will total approximately $2,500. If you can help, please call Michelle Davis at (785) 235-9561.   DONATE...

Say Thanks to In-Home Child Care Providers

Help Local Business Owners Our Healthy Hearts Food Program serves over 100, hard-working and dedicated entrepreneurs who take care of our community’s children every day. We’d love to have resources to recognize our Provider of the Month with incentives like a free latte, pedicure, or movie ticket. Got ideas and want to help? Please get in touch with Michelle Davis at (785) 235-9561.   DONATE...

Protecting Working Kansans

The Earned Income Tax Credit (often referred to as “EITC”) is known to be one of the strongest poverty fighting mechanisms in America. The EITC rewards low-wage work by reducing income taxes that low-wage workers pay on their earnings and supplementing their wages. In the Federal and the Kansas EITC, some very low-wage workers are able to receive a “refundable credit” even when their wages have been so low they do not owe taxes. It is a huge help to very low-wage households. The Kansas EITC comes under regular attack in the state Legislature. To learn more, check out information from our partners at the KS EITC Partnership, on what’s happening this year.  Here’s the latest Kansas EITC...

Expanding Medicaid for Kansans

Estimates vary, but Medicaid expansion would extend coverage to between 140,000 and 170,000 Kansans. Medicaid is a Federal and State program that helps lower-income individuals or families pay for the costs associated with long-term medical and custodial care, provided they qualify. Today, Kansas’ privatized Medicaid program, KanCare, covers about 425,000 children and low-income, disabled and elderly adults. But that number includes relatively few non-disabled adults. Adults with dependent children can participate in KanCare, but only if they have incomes below 33 % of the FPL, annually $7,770 for a family of four. Adults w/o children aren’t eligible for coverage no matter how poor they are. The Affordable Care Act requires every US Adult to have health insurance or face hefty tax penalties. The vast majority of Americans are covered through the private employer system. Many others have situations or incomes enabling them to qualify for State and Federal Medicaid. The ACA also offers low-wage households a tax credit to help them pay for health insurance. But there’s a GAP – sometimes referred to as the “donut hole” – between those who can get government supports and those who can’t, but who still can’t afford coverage. That’s why the Federal government, at the enactment of the ACA, created “Medicaid Expansion” opportunities, providing States with three years of totally Federally funded resources to cover the costs of expanding the program to cover those in the “hole”. But Kansas, like other states with highly conservative political leadership, has done very little to help ease our nation’s transition into the Affordable Care Act. We did not create a state-sponsored exchange to help make...

Improving Access to Dental Care in Kansas

Because access to affordable dental care will improve the lives of low-income people in North Central Kansas, Community Action, Inc., is a member of the Kansas Dental Project.  Registered Dental Practitioners would expand the capacity of Dental businesses to see between around 2,000 more patients per year and make routine dental care more affordable.  Annual, free, one or two-day dental clinics are a great service but are a band-aid solution to a much larger, more serious problem.  Creating jobs and helping working Kansans stay healthy is a free-market, anti-poverty solution that makes...