TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A poison pill in Democratic Gov. Laura Kellys plan for expanding Medicaid aimed at reassuring wary Republican legislators wouldnt actually end the expansion if the federal government backed off its promises to cover most of the cost.
Kelly has said her proposal is based on an expansion plan that passed in 2017 with large, bipartisan legislative majorities, only to be vetoed by Kansas then-conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback. But the new Democratic governors working group of Medicaid advisers suggested a key, one-word change when it comes what would happen if the federal government backed off its commitment to cover 90 percent of the expansion.
The 2017 bill said the state shall end expanded Medicaid health coverage for tens of thousands of Kansas residents if the federal government drops its funding percentage. Kellys proposal says the state may end expansion meaning she or a future governor could opt to continue with less federal money.