Ruling Gives Kansas Leaders Choice On Medicaid Boost

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
Kansas leaders will decide whether to expand the state

Cherry blossom trees bloom on the grounds of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 28, 2011.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas leaders will decide whether to expand the state's Medicaid program after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision that would have made such growth mandatory.

The Affordable Care Act required states to expand their Medicaid programs to include all non-elderly residents with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That would mean a family of four with an income of about $30,000 would qualify for the program.

Last week the high court struck down the Medicaid requirement, making expansion optional.

A Kansas Health Institute spokeswoman told the Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/LTkNLm) expansion would qualify about 151,000 more of the state's uninsured for Medicaid.

The Brownback administration is opposed to the ACA and is pushing to have it repealed.


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