Governor’s race could make or break Medicaid expansion

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October 16, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Kansas has yet to expand Medicaid. A new governor could change that. CC0 CREATIVE COMMONS /DARKO STOJANOVIC /KCUR.ORG

Few issues split Kansas politics like the Obama-era expansion of Medicaid.

Unlike 33 other states, Kansas still has not expanded its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.  Expanding Medicaid would pay for the health care of thousands of people who don’t currently meet the program’s stringent eligibility requirements.

The state’s Medicaid program, known as KanCare, pays for the health care of 400,000 low-income Kansans — mostly children, pregnant women, and elderly or disabled citizens.  It costs the state more than $3 billion a year.

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