KSNT: Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion holds final meeting before session begins

By Alec Gartner | Dec. 12, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Lawmakers are looking for a solution to expand the state’s Medicaid system.

Government officials have high hopes heading into the session after the final meeting of the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion wrapped up.

Governor Laura Kelly formed the group after failing to get Medicaid expansion passed in her first year. It could provide government assistance to more than 130,000 Kansans.

Last year, the House passed an expansion plan, but it wasn’t voted on in the Senate. Also, since the session ended Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning introduced a new plan.

“You have two proposals on the table, the Senate plan as well as the House plan,” said Hutchinson Senator Ed Berger. “How we can perhaps link those two together and come up with a process and a bill, legislation that’s beneficial to Kansans.”

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