Our work relies on a strong health care system for all, including those who are uninsured or underinsured. The Kansas City Missouri health levy, which consists of approximately $50 million from property taxes and service charges, supports Truman Medical Centers, safety net clinics and ambulance services. Although JVS does not receive funding from the health levy, we do provide services that complement health care, including case management, health education, and medical interpretation. JVS depends on the specific investments health levy-supported providers have made to adjust their approaches, fill system gaps, and respond to emerging needs in order to provide health care that is culturally-competent, linguistically-accessible, and trauma-informed.
Health levy funding has failed to keep pace with inflation—let alone the rising cost of health care. The city’s overall proposed funding for the health care providers receiving health levy funds was the same in 2015 as 2003, despite voters’ endorsement of the levy increase. JVS advocates for an increase in health levy funds and distribution to safety net clinics.