KSNT: Advocates hope Missouri Medicaid expansion vote is a sign of things to come in Kansas
By Alec Gartner | Aug. 7, 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Another state is moving forward with Medicaid expansion and advocates say it’s past time to do the same in Kansas.
Missouri is the latest state to vote to expand Medicaid. Now Kansas sits as one of 12 states that have not expanded.
At the beginning of the year, Medicaid expansion advocates were excited that a bipartisan expansion bill would get to the floors of the legislature for debate, but it never did. Both a constitutional amendment on abortion and the coronavirus outbreak stalled what happened in the legislature this year.
On Tuesday, Missouri voters approved expanding Medciad by a 53 to 46 percent margin.
To get the question on the ballot, Missourians started a petition, but in Kansas that’s not allowed.