Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/KSNT) — Kansas’ Republican-controlled Legislature has approved an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The state Senate voted 25-14 on Tuesday for legislation that would expand state health coverage to thousands of poor adults. The House approved it last month on an 81-44 vote, meaning the measure now goes to conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Brownback has been a vocal critic of the federal health care law championed by former President Barack Obama. Brownback hasn’t said he would veto the bill, but lawmakers expect it.

The bill’s supporters would need 27 of 40 votes in the Senate and 84 of 125 in the House for the two-thirds majorities for overriding a veto.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s Communications Director Melika Wiloughby says to expand ObamaCare when the program is in a death spiral is not responsible policy.

“Kansas must prioritize the care and service of vulnerable Kansans, addressing their health care needs in a sustainable way, not expanding a failing entitlement program to able-bodied adults.”

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