Supporters of expanding Medicaid in Kansas proved Wednesday they’ve got the votes in the Legislature — if they can get a vote. But they lacked enough lawmakers on their side to bypass Republican leadership and force that vote. At stake is whether the state would spend about $50 million a year in money from Kansas taxpayers to draw more than $900 million from federal taxpayers to cover another 130,000 low-income people with Medicaid.
The proposal anchored Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s campaign for office last year. On Wednesday, expansion supporters in the Senate failed in an attempt to pass the bil. They needed 24 votes to prevail on the procedural motion. They got 23.
Source: VNC News