New Kansas council on expanding Medicaid to have 1st meeting

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s new council on expanding Medicaid is scheduled to have its first meeting Monday at the Statehouse.

The agenda for the meeting includes a welcome from Kelly and briefings about other states’ experiences in expanding Medicaid health coverage for low-income residents.

Kelly formed the council earlier this month to review other states’ expansions and advise her and the Republican-controlled Legislature on the best alternatives for Kansas.

The governor took office in January promising to expand Medicaid, but her efforts were blocked by conservative Republican leaders in the Senate who said they were worried about its potential cost to the state. They said lawmakers would consider a plan next year.

Kelly formed the council after creating a Medicaid working group in January that had no public meetings.

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