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Denning: Legislature in no hurry to discuss Medicaid expansion

Are the pleas of cash-strapped hospitals, and the related closing of one in Independence, opening minds at the Statehouse to a full consideration of Medicaid expansion in 2016? Not according to Sen. Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, a health care administrator who told Kansas City, Mo., radio station KCUR: “I don’t look for it to get any legs this year.” Members of his caucus view it as “an expansion of welfare,” he said, and nobody knows how much it will cost the state. “Once we actually see the number from the states that have expanded, then we can have discussion here in Kansas,” he said, perhaps in 2017 – too far into the future for the hospitals and uninsured Kansans who could use the expansion now. – Rhonda Holman