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Gov. Kelly says she will push for Medicaid expansion again this legislative session

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters following a meeting with legislative...
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters following a meeting with legislative leaders about budget issues, Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor is locked in a partisan dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature over her plan to close a projected shortfall tied to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna) (KY3)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 10:55 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly will push again this year to expand Medicaid in Kansas even though top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are less receptive to the idea than they were last year. Kelly said during a recent Associated Press interview that she will “never stop fighting” for expansion. But the Republican supermajorities in both chambers became more conservative in last year’s elections. Incoming Senate Majority Leader and Wichita Republican Gene Suellentrop said GOP leaders have a long list of issues they want to tackle, and Medicaid expansion “is not on the radar.” Kelly responded that she never said passing an expansion bill would be easy.

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