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Kansas House passes Medicaid expansion 69-54
21 Mar 2019 at 1:53pm

The Kansas House on Thursday passed a Medicaid expansion plan on a 69-54 vote. Medicaid expansion is projected to provide health care coverage to an additional 130,000 low-income Kansans and unlock nearly a billion dollars in federal funding. Rep. Don Hineman said a person’s zip code in Kansas is a greater determinant of health outcomes than genetics. Medicaid expansion, Hineman said, gives hope to rural Kansas and struggling hospitals. “This proposal will provide immediate help for their bottom line, stabilizing operations, aiding in staff improvement and providing a lifeline to much-nee...

INSIGHT KANSAS: Revitalizing rural Kansas takes tolerance, not tax breaks
14 Mar 2019 at 1:49pm

The Kansas Legislature has appointed a new, bipartisan Rural Revitalization Committee, with Rep. Don Hineman as its chair and Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers a strong supporter. Here is a hint for them: there is only one way to bring economic growth to rural Kansas. Bring in the workers that businesses want to hire. That means thinking differently ...

Statehouse Blend Kansas: Slow The Decline Of Rural Kansas How?
8 Mar 2019 at 2:40pm

Rep. Don Hineman got a new assignment this year to figure out how to sustain rural Kansas. He tells host Jim McLean there's three things it'll take for sure: speedy broadband, more housing, and good health care.  (Podcast Audio)

HINEMAN: Acting KDC Secretary ‘shares passion for rural Kansas’
21 Feb 2019 at 2:36pm

David Toland, Acting Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce, delivered testimony to the House Rural Revitalization Committee earlier today, focusing on challenges and how the agency can better serve communities in rural parts of Kansas. Rep. Don Hineman (R-Dighton), chair of the Rural Revitalization Committee, was happy to hear the ideas Secretary Toland brought. “His testimony made it clear that he shares my passion for rural Kansas,” said Hineman. “I look forward to working with him and the team at Commerce for the betterment of all Kansans.”

Incomes down 60 percent for Kansas farmers
8 Mar 2019 at 2:29pm

Kansas farm income is one of the hardest hit in the nation. That’s according to David Widmar’s syndicated Agriculture Economic Insight.Those numbers were shared with the Kansas House of Representative members by Majority Leader Don Hineman, a Dighton cattleman serving the 118th District. “I long for the good old days,” Hineman said. “After peaking in 2013, U.S. net farm income has trended lower over the last five years,” Widmar said.

Rural Revitalization gets to work
20 Jan 2019 at 2:25pm

Only one committee in the Kansas House of Representatives has a leadership team comprised of three lawmakers living west of U.S. 81. It’s the new Rural Revitalization Committee.The problems of rural Kansas are varied and challenging, “but perhaps we can bend the curve,” said Committee Chairman State Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton.  “It’s pretty open-ended,” Hineman said of the committee’s agenda.

New rural issues committee in House sees many challenges, not much fundi...
8 Mar 2019 at 2:23pm

The chair of a new Kansas House committee focused on rural issues is looking to keep those that love rural Kansas at home, but they need technology to do it. “At the top of my priority list for the committee, I would say, is access to high-speed broadband,” said committee chair, Republican Don Hineman of Dighton. “It’s become apparent to me that it’s equivalent to what a decent highway system was in the early 1900s and rural electrification in the 30s and 40s. Access to high-speed broadband is that critical in today’s society.”