TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A new coalition is promising to lobby Kansas officials to expand the state's Medicaid program even if legislators pass a resolution declaring that they're opposed to it.
The Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition had a news conference Tuesday to launch its pro-expansion campaign. The coalition includes more than 30 groups representing consumers, health care providers and religious organizations.
Medicaid provides health coverage for the needy and disabled. The 2010 federal health care overhaul encourages states to expand their programs by promising to pay almost all of the cost.
Many members of the Republican-dominated Legislature opposed the federal overhaul championed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat. GOP legislative leaders are skeptical the federal government will keep its funding promises.
A resolution declaring opposition to expanding Medicaid is pending in the House.