Health Reform WK-EDGE Kansas Medicaid expansion is now under the Governor’s pen
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kansas Medicaid expansion is now under the Governor’s pen

By Bryant Storm, J.D.

A Medicaid expansion bill is on its way to the desk of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R), after the state Senate voted 25 to 14 on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, to expand KanCare—the state’s Medicaid program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148). The bill, which would extend eligibility to an additional 150,000 low-income people in the state, is expected to be rejected by Brownback, who has previously stated: "Expanding ObamaCare is bad for Kansas." Brownback has pledged support for the Trump Administration’s promises to "do away with ObamaCare." However, the governor has not committed himself one way or the other with respect to this particular bill.

In case of veto. If Brownback vetoes the bill, proponents would need 84 votes in the House and 27 in the Senate to override the veto—a majority lawmakers lacked during the initial passage. Once the bill is before the Governor, he has 10 days in which to sign or veto the bill. If he does not act in that 10-day period, the bill will become law.

Federal failures. The Kansas expansion vote came just days after U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) canceled a vote on a bill designed to repeal portions of the ACA. The failed bill would have effectively barred states from expanding Medicaid.

Expansion. Since the passage of the ACA, 30 states and the District of Columbia have opted to participate in Medicaid expansion, extending coverage to millions. States that have previously opposed expansion have cited the burden on states and the hope of future ACA repeal as reasons for abstention.

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