By Dion Lefler | May 21, 2020

The Kansas Senate has slammed the door on expansion of Medicaid until next year.

Stymied for months, Senate Democrats attempted a last-ditch effort to bring Medicaid to a vote on the final day of this year’s session Thursday. But they lost a pivotal procedural vote on a floor amendment by Sen. Dinah Sykes, D-Lenexa.

Her amendment would have replaced the contents of a routine bill dealing with power transmission and cleared the way for Gov. Laura Kelly to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion.

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