Analysis: Another Kansas debate over Medicaid likely
By John Hannah
Kansas legislators are likely to have another debate next year over expanding the state’s Medicaid program
Antipathy from conservative Republicans toward the federal health care overhaul prevented such a move this year by either Gov. Sam Brownback or the GOP-dominated Legislature.
But a debate appears to be coming because of what advocates of an expansion see as a perverse result. They expect thousands of poor Kansas adults to remain without health coverage, even as the federal government provides subsidies to better-off neighbors.
Advocates of a Medicaid expansion expect word-of-mouth among poor Kansans and their neighbors to pressure legislators to reconsider. Prominent Democrats also want to raise the issue ahead of next year’s campaign against Brownback’s re-election.
Even Republicans who still oppose an expansion expect a debate.