Lawmakers will have failed if Medicaid expansion is derailed

The Kansas Legislature is playing a dangerous game of chicken with Medicaid expansion and the abortion amendment — and, truth be known, with the public health.

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Opinion

February 27, 2020 - 10:13 AM

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Make no mistake about it: The success or failure of the Kansas Legislature’s 2020 session — and maybe even life or death for some Kansans without health care — is riding entirely on the next few days and weeks.

The fates of Medicaid expansion and a constitutional amendment limiting abortion have become intertwined with the fate of the legislative session itself.

Especially when it comes to Medicaid expansion. If Medicaid expansion isn’t passed this year, as a majority of legislators say they want, then they will have failed utterly.

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