Kansas looks to be in the minority of states in failing – at least to date – to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. On Monday the governor of a 26th state, Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett, announced his support for expansion, though the Republican made it conditional on federal approval to impose work and cost-sharing requirements on new and current Medicaid users. That day Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder also signed bipartisan legislation for his state, saying “this is about the health of fellow Michiganders.” Meanwhile, the central committee of the Kansas Republican Party just approved a resolution opposing expansion of Medicaid in Kansas – putting it on record against bringing Kansas $3 billion in federal funding over the next seven years and creating 4,000 jobs while newly insuring 144,000 Kansans. Gov. Sam Brownback needs to follow his fellow GOP governors, not state party hard-liners.
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