How Political Maneuvering Derailed A Red State’s Path To Medicaid Expansion

September 6, 2019, Kaiser Health News, Lauren Weber - This was supposed to be the year Medicaid expansion finally happened in Kansas. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, elected in November, had run on the issue. She triumphed in a state that had gone for Trump in 2016 by more than 20 percentage points and replaced a Republican governor who had vetoed a previous expansion bill. Approximately 130,000 low-income people - roughly 4.5% of the 2.9 million people in the state - would be newly eligible for health insurance under the expansion, which is possible because of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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