COVID-19 has revealed much about health care in America. The harsh reality of life without health insurance is among the pandemic’s toughest lessons.

The Kansas Legislature has a chance this year to study COVID-19’s effects to learn why low-income families without insurance have been among those hardest hit by the virus. Medicaid expansion, which 38 states have passed, would cover more working parents, making it easier on them financially while promoting better health for their children and strengthening rural hospitals.