Medicaid expansion passes in Kansas House

March 20, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Supporters of expanding Medicaid in Kansas have won the vote in the Kansas House on Gov. Laura Kelly's expansion plan.

The House voted 69-53 on Wednesday to add Kelly's expansion plan to an unrelated health care bill. The House broke off its debate so that members could draft other amendments but the House expected to return to it later Wednesday.

The vote indicates that supporters have enough votes to get a version of Medicaid expansion through the House.

Majority Leader Dan Hawkins conceded that a bill is likely to pass and said the dynamics of the Legislature's debate have changed. The conservative Wichita Republican opposes Medicaid expansion.

Kelly wants to provide Medicaid coverage to up to 150,000 more Kansans. Top Republicans argue that expansion would be costly.

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