Coalition Rallies For Medicaid Expansion In Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Health care advocates in Kansas are calling on Gov. Sam Brownback to accept a federal expansion of Medicaid coverage for some low-income and elderly residents.

More than 75 people attended a rally Friday at the Statehouse, arguing the expansion would help about 130,000 Kansas residents who lack health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act provides for states to expand Medicaid coverage, with the federal government picking up 100 percent of the cost for the first three years.

Brownback has opposed the federal health care reforms and has not decided whether Kansas will expand Medicaid coverage.

Friday's rally came one day after Brownback said Kansas won't partner with the federal government to establish a health insurance exchange _ another feature of the federal health care overhaul.