Guv Kelly Stays Losing Medicaid Expansion

Here efforts to push healthcare through during an election year didn't go very far at all this week.

The aftermath report:

"Kansas’ Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly had expected federal funds and bonus dollars to cover the $715 million cost of expanding Medicaid, wipe out the state’s costs and even cover an additional $62 million in other social services spending.

"But Republicans, skeptical of the governor’s projections and medical providers’ ability to take on thousands of new Medicaid patients, wouldn’t move the bill out of the health committee to the full House. The only yes votes on the 17-member committee came from its five Democrats."

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Republican majorities block efforts to expand Medicaid in Georgia and Kansas

Republican lawmakers in Georgia and Kansas have shot down attempts by Democrats to expand Medicaid in their states. The two states' legislative committee voted Thursday.