May 2, 2019

Medicaid expansion fails in Kansas

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals

One vote prevented Medicaid expansion from moving forward yesterday in the Kansas state Senate, the Kansas City Star reports.

The big picture: Expansion has been a huge priority for newly-elected Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat. Still, flipping a governor's seat from red to blue isn't always enough to move Medicaid expansion forward.

  • The member with the key vote, Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, left the door open. "I'm not saying no," he said, according to the Star. "I'm saying this policy isn't ready."

What to watch: Some expansion supporters think they still may be able to pass expansion this year by holding the state budget hostage.

Go deeper: Red states' Medicaid gamble: Paying more to cover fewer people

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