By Jim McLean | Jan. 9, 2020

TOPEKA, Kansas — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and a key Republican lawmaker said Thursday they’ve crafted a deal to make roughly 130,000 more Kansans eligible for Medicaid.

In a joint Statehouse news conference, Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning revealed their compromise to expand the government-run health plan for the poor and disabled.

“Compromise is hard,” Kelly said with lawmakers from both parties looking on. “It’s messy and it’s slow. But it’s so worth it.”

The deal, Denning said, is the product of several weeks of intense negotiations.

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