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Overwhelming public support for Medicaid expansion plan

Polling consistently has shown strong public support for allowing a federal expansion of Medicaid for low-income Kansans. But if the expansion is budget-neutral, as a plan developed by the Kansas Hospital Association seeks to be, support is even greater. A whopping 76 percent of Kansans polled said they would support a budget-neutral expansion plan, according to a new KHA survey. Support among Republicans ranged from 74 to 77 percent when eligibility requirements were explained. But GOP leaders in the Legislature have resisted even holding a hearing on the KHA expansion plan, let alone allowing a vote. By not expanding Medicaid, Kansans has forgone more than $1 billion in additional federal funding since Jan. 1, 2014. – Phillip Brownlee