Governor revives 2017 plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas

Bill would cover 150,000 more people
Governor revives 2017 plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas
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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has released her plan to expand state healthcare protections to more people and fulfill a campaign promise.

Kelly released proposed legislation Tuesday that would expand state Medicaid coverage for the needy to another 150,000 people starting in January 2020. Expanding Medicaid is a top priority for Kelly after she made it a key issue in her successful campaign last year.

The plan by the Democratic governor is based on a Medicaid expansion bill passed by bipartisan legislative majorities in 2017. It was vetoed by then-Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and supporters were unable to override his action.

Top Republicans in the GOP-dominated Legislature still oppose the idea, viewing it as potentially too costly. Kelly’s proposed annual budget includes $14 million for the expansion, but GOP leaders think that’s too little.

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