One provision of the Affordable Care Act allows states to expand Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. About half the states have done just that. But two dozen states, including Kansas, have not. That's despite the federal government's willingness to pay most of the cost. Supporters of Medicaid expansion say the program would do more than just help poor Kansans. They say it would help Kansas hospitals, by bringing billions of federal dollars into the state. But so far, those arguments have not convinced Governor Sam Brownback and other key statehouse Republicans. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more on the story.
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