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Medicaid Expansion Supporters Pack Kansas Statehouse Rally

Supporters of Medicaid expansion filled a wing of the Statehouse for a rally before a House committee began a hearing on a bill that would expand eligibility for KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program. (Photo: Susie Fagan, Kansas News Service)

Supporters of expanding Medicaid eligibility in Kansas packed the Statehouse yesterday (WED) to urge lawmakers to act before Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act and the window for expansion closes. More Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service.

Shortly after the hearing, Governor Sam Brownback reiterated his opposition to expansion in a strongly worded statement. Members of his administration are expected to be among those who will testify against expansion later today (THUR).


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Kansas Statehouse Rally for Medicaid Expansion

Supporters of expanding Medicaid eligibility in Kansas staged a boisterous rally and jammed a Statehouse hearing room Wednesday.

They urged members of a House committee to act before Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act and the window for Medicaid expansion closes.  Suzann Emmons is a self-employed housekeeper from Iola (eye-OH-lah), who is raising her grandchildren. Currently, she’s not eligible for KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program, and so she’s uninsured.

The bill lawmakers are considering would generate billions of federal matching dollars to expand KanCare to cover another 150,000 low-income Kansans.  Expansion opponents are scheduled to testify tomorrow (THUR).

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