State GOP lawmakers want work condition for Kansas Medicaid expansion

AP News Staff
February 06, 2020 - 7:55 am
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republicans expect to consider a work requirement when a Kansas legislative committee this week begins debating a bipartisan bill for expanding Medicaid, and that's despite opposition to the idea from a GOP leader.

The Republican-controlled Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee is starting its debate Thursday on a bill containing an expansion plan from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican. A final committee vote on the entire bill is expected next week. 

Denning acknowledges that work requirements are "a popular idea in Medicaid expansion," but he and Kelly are urging lawmakers to reject the idea now. 


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