KC Star: Big Kansas Medicaid expansion vote weeks away amid abortion fight. Some see ‘delay’

By Jonathan Shorman | Feb. 10, 2020

After nearly a decade, Medicaid expansion supporters in Kansas have hoped 2020 will finally mark the year lawmakers extend healthcare to upwards of 130,000 low-income residents. They’ve been encouraged by a compromise proposal from the state’s Democratic governor and a top Republican leader.

But just weeks into the session, supporters are growing furious as the deal becomes tangled in abortion politics.

A key Senate committee was supposed to debate – and possibly advance – expansion legislation on Monday or Tuesday. But the group instead gathered for roughly 10 minutes Monday before adjourning.

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