As ACA Repeal Vote Nears, Kansas Debates Expanding Medicaid

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Kansas lawmakers know they are late to the Medicaid expansion party, but they appear determined to show up anyway. "I feel like now is as good a time as any," says Anthony Hensley, the leader of the Democratic minority in the state Senate. For the past three years, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders were able to block debate on expanding health care for the disabled and working poor via Medicaid, a component of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Not anymore. In last year's primary and general elections, Kansas voters — frustrated by chronic budget problems caused in large part by income tax cuts that Brownback pushed through the Legislature — replaced several conservative incumbents with moderate Republicans and Democrats who promised...

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