Kan. House panel seeks to block Medicaid expansion

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2013 at 11:31 am •  Published: February 26, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee have endorsed a resolution urging Gov. Sam Brownback to reject expansion of Medicaid services in Kansas.

The GOP-dominated committee endorsed the non-binding measure on voice vote Tuesday despite pleas from Democrats to keep the state's options open and help the poor.

The resolution goes to the full House for debate and would urge the Republican governor not to take the federal government's offer to pay for expanding Medicaid health care services for the next three years. The expansion would add more than 135,000 Kansas adults who earn 138 percent of the federal poverty rate to Medicaid programs.

Republicans say the state can't afford to add the additional services which could cost the state, by one estimate, as much as $6 billion over seven years.

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