Senate Advances Health Care Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate passed a bill Wednesday expanding state health care coverage to about 5,500 children.

Republican leaders who support the measure believe it represents a small but significant step forward in improving the state's health care system.

But Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, calls it a "sham" because it doesn't go further.

The vote was 30-8. It sent the measure to the House. House members plan to debate their own health care bill Monday.

The bill phases in a $14 million expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program over two years. But it also indefinitely postpones the start of a more expensive program to provide state aid to poor parents, so they can buy private health insurance.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Senate vote on health care bill:
REPUBLICANS VOTING YES
Barbara Allen, Overland Park.
Pat Apple, Louisburg.
Jim Barnett, Emporia.
Karin Brownlee, Olathe.
Terry Bruce, Hutchinson.
Pete Brungardt, Salina.
Les Donovan, Wichita.
Jay Emler, Lindsborg.
Nick Jordan, Shawnee.
Phil Journey, Haysville.
Julia Lynn, Olathe.
Carolyn McGinn, Sedgwick.
Steve Morris, Hugoton.
Ralph Ostmeyer, Grinnell.
Mike Petersen, Wichita.
Roger Pine, Lawrence.
Roger Reitz, Manhattan.
Derek Schmidt, Independence.
Vicki Schmidt, Topeka.
Jean Schodorf, Wichita.
Mark Taddiken, Clifton.
Ruth Teichman, Stafford.
Dwayne Umbarger, Thayer.
John Vratil, Leawood.
Susan Wagle, Wichita.
Dennis Wilson, Overland Park.

REPUBLICANS VOTING NO
Tim Huelskamp, Fowler.
Peggy Palmer, Augusta.
Dennis Pyle, Hiawatha.

REPUBLICANS NOT VOTING
David Wysong, Mission Hills.

DEMOCRATS VOTING YES
Jim Barone, Frontenac.
Mark Gilstrap, Kansas City.
Greta Goodwin, Winfield.
Chris Steineger, Kansas City.

DEMOCRATS VOTING NO
Marci Francisco, Lawrence.
David Haley, Kansas City.
Anthony Hensley, Topeka.
Laura Kelly, Topeka.
Janis Lee, Kensington.

DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING
Donald Betts, Wichita.


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