KS Medicaid: GOP likely to insert work requirement

As Legislature begins debate over bill to expand Medicaid, Republicans likely will ask for a work requirement that already was rejected in compromise deal.

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State News

February 6, 2020 - 9:17 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans expect to consider a work requirement when a Kansas legislative committee this week begins debating a bipartisan bill for expanding Medicaid, despite opposition to the idea from a GOP leader.

The Republican-controlled Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee plans to start its debate today on a bill containing an expansion plan from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican. A final committee vote on the entire bill is expected next week.

Denning acknowledges that work requirements are “a popular idea in Medicaid expansion,” though he and Kelly are urging lawmakers to reject the idea now. Republican legislators — including Denning — imposed work requirements in 2015 for cash and food assistance.

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