KC Star: Big Kansas Medicaid expansion vote weeks away amid abortion fight. Some see ‘delay’
By Jonathan Shorman | Feb. 10, 2020
After nearly a decade, Medicaid expansion supporters in Kansas have hoped 2020 will finally mark the year lawmakers extend healthcare to upwards of 130,000 low-income residents. They’ve been encouraged by a compromise proposal from the state’s Democratic governor and a top Republican leader.
But just weeks into the session, supporters are growing furious as the deal becomes tangled in abortion politics.
A key Senate committee was supposed to debate – and possibly advance – expansion legislation on Monday or Tuesday. But the group instead gathered for roughly 10 minutes Monday before adjourning.