Kansas Senate GOP blocks move to debate Medicaid

May 01, 2019 - 11:38 am

Republicans have blocked a move in the Kansas Senate to expedite a debate on Medicaid expansion.

The vote Wednesday was 23-13 to pull an expansion bill from committee, one vote short of the 24 needed.

The House passed the bill in March but the Republican-controlled Senate has not acted on it.

Medicaid expansion is one of new Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's priorities. Her plan for expanding Medicaid health coverage is based on a bill that passed in 2017 with bipartisan support, vetoed by then-Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican.

GOP leaders say they want to wait until next year to vote on an expansion plan and that Kelly is trying to rush the debate.

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