Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers and Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore have been named the 2019 Kansas Hospital Association Distinguished Health Care Advocates. Members of the Kansas Hospital Association will honor them at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show on Sept. 5 in Wichita.

The Kansas Hospital Association Board of Directors established this award to recognize individuals, organizations or groups who provide exemplary contribution to the health and well-being of the people of Kansas through their leadership in the political or policy arena.

As Lieutenant Governor, Rogers heads the newly created Office of Rural Prosperity. In that role, he has been an advocate for KanCare expansion. He also has crisscrossed the state repeatedly, visiting with Kansas hospitals about the issues affecting their continued ability to provide access to care. During his time in the legislature and especially now as Lieutenant Governor, he has been a constant supporter of health care.

Rep. Wolfe Moore has played an instrumental leadership role on numerous issues that are important to Kansas hospitals, including KanCare expansion; the restoration of Medicaid reimbursement reductions; providing choice to public hospitals regarding concealed carry; creating guardrails for the operation of the KanCare managed care organizations; and modifying the provider assessment program in a positive manner.

The Kansas Hospital Association is a voluntary, non-profit organization existing to be the leading advocate and resource for members. KHA membership includes 222 member facilities, of which 125 are full-service, community hospitals. Founded in 1910, KHA’s vision is Optimal Health for Kansas.