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Dick Bond, Dave Kerr and Steve Morris: Wagle needs to put people of Kansas first

By Dick Bond, Dave Kerr and Steve Morris | Feb. 29, 2020 As lifelong Kansans and Republicans, each of us considered it a great honor and privilege to serve as president of the Kansas Senate. We were guided by important principles: Lead the chamber with honesty and integrity. Listen to and consider all viewpoints. And, […]

Leavenworth Times: Let’s not let a bipartisan, Kansas solution on KanCare expansion slip away

By Vallerie L. Gleason | Feb. 25, 2020 It is time for a renewed conversation about KanCare expansion. This year is clearly the most significant progress we have seen on expansion to date. Finally, collaboration efforts led by the state’s Republicans and Democrats broke some ice. This year we have the opportunity to pass legislation […]

Topeka Capital Journal: Kansas nuns urge Legislature to pass Medicaid expansion

By Sherman Smith | Feb. 25, 2020 Seventy-six Kansas Catholic nuns have signed a letter to legislators urging them to pass Medicaid expansion as a desperately needed life-saving benefit for suffering Kansans. The call to action, dated Tuesday, confronts lawmakers locked in a stalemate over Medicaid expansion and the House’s failure earlier this month to […]

Pittsburg Morning Sun: Lt. Governor promotes KanCare expansion in SEK visit

By Jonathan Riley | Feb. 24, 2020 PITTSBURG — Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers visited southeast Kansas Monday, making stops in Baxter Springs to attend a ceremony marking the installation of a new stoplight and in Pittsburg to meet with medical professionals to discuss KanCare expansion and other healthcare issues. Rogers’s first stop Monday was at […]

Sandy Praeger: Medicaid expansion makes sense

By Sandy Praeger | Feb. 25, 2020 I am pleased to see the bipartisan effort from the Kansas House and Senate to expand Medicaid in Kansas. This is a long time coming, but as some would say it is “better late than never.” While still in my position as insurance commissioner, I frequently was called […]

Appeals Court Strikes Down Work Requirements

By Sheldon Weisgrau | Feb. 24, 2020 In a key ruling that could impact the expansion of KanCare, the Kansas Medicaid program, a federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling striking down work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. The unanimous decision by a panel of judges – written by a justice appointed by President […]

Dodge City Daily Globe: Senate panel rewrites Medicaid expansion plan, still won’t let it pass

By Sherman Smith | Feb. 20, 2020 A Senate panel on Thursday torpedoed a compromise plan for Medicaid expansion by overhauling and spiking the legislation. The action casts more uncertainty on the prospects for Medicaid expansion advancing in the Legislature this year. “It looks like they’ve killed the bill for the year, and it looks […]

Amendments to Senate Bill 252

Senators proposed several amendments to SB 252, the bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan.