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.