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Bipartisan Medicaid expansion deal announced

admin Hot Topics January 9, 2020

Today Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and GOP Senate Majority Leader, Republican Jim Denning together revealed a plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas.

“We’re excited to see this bipartisan solution to expand Medicaid health insurance coverage to 130,000 deserving Kansans,” says Tracy Russell, Executive Director of Nurture KC. “This is the first step in a lengthy process, but promising progress. In looking at other states that have expanded Medicaid, the data shows improved health outcomes for moms and babies – which is what Nurture KC is all about.”

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported this plan links “elements of Medicaid legislation passed by the 2017 Legislature and vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback, a bill adopted in 2019 by the House, a proposal shared by Denning in October and ideas long championed by the governor. It would extend health coverage to as many as 150,000 people and apply to Kansas families with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or $29,435 for a family of three. Their bill called for implementation by Jan. 1, 2021.”

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