Wichita Eagle: Medicaid expansion won’t come to Kansas this year after last-ditch effort fails

By Jonathan Shorman | May 4, 2019

Medicaid expansion won’t happen in Kansas this year, leaving lawmakers to develop a new plan for 2020 that some Republicans hope will be more conservative.

The Legislature adjourned early Sunday without approving an expansion plan backed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. That marked a defeat for Kelly, who had made expansion a priority during her first few months in office.

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Olathe, has said he plans to put a new expansion bill on the Senate floor in January.

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