Published on January 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM
Kansas Health Institute: Roundtable: The Politics Of Medicaid Expansion In Kansas And Missouri
Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri return to start their 2014 legislative sessions this week. In Jefferson City, expanding Medicaid eligibility in accordance with Obamacare will be among the top five issues competing for attention, according to the Associated Press. In Topeka, the top priority for lawmakers likely will be school finance, with a potential decision coming from the Kansas Supreme Court that could force lawmakers to spend $400 million more on schools. It is less clear to what degree Medicaid expansion will be considered in Kansas, in part, because 2014 is a gubernatorial election year. In the roundtable discussion below -; which aired Jan. 10 on KCPT -; journalists who cover Medicaid expansion in Kansas and Missouri take a look at the politics of the issue (McLean, 1/12).
Kansas Health Institute: Kansas Medicaid: A Primer
Medicaid is a publicly financed source of health insurance and long-term care coverage for certain eligible population groups. It is the second-largest source of health coverage in the nation, following employment-based coverage (Bruner, Meissen-Sebelius and Mertz, 1/12).
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Nearly 6 In 10 In Georgia Favor Medicaid Expansion
More than half of Georgians in a new AJC poll say that all or at least parts of Obamacare should be repealed, but an even larger proportion believe the state should expand Medicaid. The poll, conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Abt SRBI Inc., measured the views of registered voters across the state last week. While 53 percent favor repeal of the law, or at least parts of it, 57 percent of Georgians said the state should expand Medicaid under the terms of the Affordable Care Act -; something Gov. Nathan Deal has so far decided not to do (Williams, 1/13).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.