KWCH: With Medicaid Expansion in gridlock, plan supporters hit the road

March 2, 2020

Democratic Governor Laura Kelly and Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning visited Wichita on Monday. They spoke before hospital administrators and faith leaders, pushing for an end to the gridlock for the Medicaid Expansion.

It comes nearly two months after they initially released their bipartisan plan for expansion.

“It’s a good piece of policy. It touches ⅙ of the Kansas economy, gives healthcare to the public sector, which is Medicaid, and it can reduce healthcare premiums by a third on the individual market,” said Sen. Denning.

After weeks of committee hearings on the bill in the Senate, Medicaid expansion has made little progress.

“The compromise language bill is sitting in Senate hell,” Denning remarked Monday.

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