Govs Get It Done: Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Signs Executive Order to Advance Medicaid Expansion Effort After GOP Blocks Legislation
“Governor Laura Kelly says she will do everything in her power to make sure that 2020 is the year that lawmakers finally expand Medicaid in Kansas.” KWCH
Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly yesterday signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion. Gov. Kelly fought for Medicaid expansion during the 2019 legislative session but was blocked by GOP state legislative leadership. The expansion would provide health care coverage to about 130,000 additional Kansans.
Read more about the fight for Kansas’ Medicaid expansion below:
Kaiser Health News: How Kansas’ GOP Leaders Kept Thousands From Getting Health Insurance
This was supposed to be the year Medicaid expansion finally happened in Kansas.
But, this time around, a bill to enact Medicaid expansion never even got to the Senate floor, even though the new governor and a newly empowered coalition of Democratic and moderate Republican legislators supported it.
KWCH: Gov. Laura Kelly creates council to study Medicaid expansion
Governor Laura Kelly says she will do everything in her power to make sure that 2020 is the year that lawmakers finally expand Medicaid in Kansas.
She signed an executive order creating a governor’s council on Medicaid expansion.
During this year’s session, efforts to expand Medicaid coverage to as many as 150,000 Kansans stalled out in the Senate.
The Hutchinson News: Gov. Laura Kelly directs council to explore Medicaid expansion options
Gov. Laura Kelly pressed ahead with a central campaign theme Wednesday by directing a council to study the Medicaid expansion experience of three dozen other states and prepare a best-practices outline for use during the 2020 session of the Kansas Legislature.