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Mon May 13, 2019, 06:08 PM

Kansas Lawmakers Had A Deal To Expand Medicaid Next Year, Until They Didn't

A deal to clear the way for Medicaid expansion next year that some Kansas lawmakers thought they had brokered in the waning hours of their just-finished legislative session appears to be unraveling.

Instead, the conservative leaders and moderate rank-and-file Republicans find themselves splitting in an intra-party fight.

Rep. Don Hineman led a last-minute insurrection by moderate House Republicans in the final days of this springís legislative session. They joined Democrats in demanding a Senate vote on Democratic Gov. Laura Kellyís expansion bill and held up passage of the state budget to force that roll call.

Then, on the sessionís final night, Hineman told reporters that his forces had reached an agreement with Senate leaders.

Read more: https://www.kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-had-deal-expand-medicaid-next-year-until-they-didnt#stream/0

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