By Sherman Smith | Feb. 20, 2020

A Senate panel on Thursday torpedoed a compromise plan for Medicaid expansion by overhauling and spiking the legislation.

The action casts more uncertainty on the prospects for Medicaid expansion advancing in the Legislature this year.

“It looks like they’ve killed the bill for the year, and it looks like the debate’s over,” said Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Republican from Overland Park who negotiated the Medicaid expansion deal with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.

Kelly, who made passage of Medicaid expansion a top priority for her administration, called on legislators to demand a vote on the Senate floor.

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