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State Lawmakers Closer to Approving Expansion of KanCare

Last week the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee approved a bill that could expand KanCare, Kansas’ medicaid program. This week, the senate will begin debating the bill that could expand Medicaid for up to 180,000 low-income Kansans.

The expansion would allow non-disabled, childless adults, who currently do not qualify no matter their income to become eligible for KanCare.

The bill also proposes individuals earning $16,000 per year may be eligible, an increase from the current $9,000 per-year income limit.

The entire senate has never voted on a Medicaid expansion bill. If the senate passes the bill, it will go to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s office. Brownback has said he is against the bill, but hasn’t said if he will veto it or not.

 

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