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The Brownback administration is opposed to the ACA and is pushing to have it repealed.