By Korinne Griffith | April 7, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly said Monday that Medicaid expansion would be a great help to the state of Kansas during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kansas lawmakers have been squabbling over Medicaid expansion for years. Governor Kelly says that if Medicaid expansion had been in place years ago, the state would have been bringing in up to $1 billion dollars each year. She says this would not only put the state in a much better financial position but also help local hospitals.

“They would have had better bottom lines and better cushions to ride this through and then better ongoing revenue,” said Governor Kelly.

Republican Senate Majority Leader, Jim Denning, agrees with the governor. In a statement to KSNT, he said, “All Kansas hospitals, just like our businesses, will take a big financial hit from the effects of the C-19 emergency.”

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