Last month the House of Representatives passed a bill that could expand KanCare, Kansas’ medicaid program. Senate still needs to pass the bill and is set to begin hearing both proponents and opponents of this bill starting early next week.
This bill would expand KanCare to eligibility to more than 300,000 low-income Kansans. The main debate over the expansion is the expected cost to expand the program estimated at $108 million in the first two years against the funds lost over the last three years due to the expansion block at $1.7 billion.
A medicaid expansion bill has never been voted on by Senate. Many senators are hopeful they see this bill on the floor and have a chance to vote on it.