Medicaid Expansion Remains Unsettled Issue In Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Criticism of the federal overhaul of health care flows freely inside the Republican-dominated Kansas Statehouse.

Yet Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators haven't formally rejected an expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the law championed by President Barack Obama.

Brownback says he is leaving a decision on an expansion to legislators, and they haven't said no definitively.

A House committee approved a resolution opposing an expansion, but the chamber hasn't debated it. Senators added a provision to a budget bill saying no money could be spent on an expansion without lawmakers' approval first _ but that's already seen as a given because of legislative oversight of spending.

Lawmakers' hesitation gives advocates of an expansion hope that the state eventually will bring tens of thousands of uninsured Kansans into Medicaid.