Time may be right for Medicaid expansion

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After years of debate, the Kansas Legislature may finally be ready to move forward with Medicaid expansion during the upcoming session which begins Jan. 13.

Kansas lawmakers passed Medicaid expansion in 2017, but then-Governor Sam Brownback vetoed it and there weren’t enough votes to override the veto. It was considered again during the 2018 legislative session, but there weren’t enough votes for passage.

With a Democrat in the governor’s office and some Republican leadership expressing an interest in the proposal, this session likely offers the best chance the expansion has had for passage.

 

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