It remains to be seen whether Gov.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will pay nearly all the cost of expanding eligibility for
People want to talk about expansion, he told the
Hawkins expects his committee to consider at least two
"We'll see where it goes from there," he said. "We'll see what the Legislature thinks, and, of course, if the governor will sign whatever we were to come up with."
Brownback hasn't given any indication that he has changed his mind about expansion -- or even wants it discussed.
But Lt. Gov.
Other Kansans aren't waiting for permission to discuss expansion. They've been gathering at meetings across the state, including one last week in
Many in the business community also back expansion, including the
Brownback and the Legislature stubbornly resisted these calls for expansion. But the primary -- and, hopefully, the general election -- sent a loud and clear message that at least some lawmakers heard and seem ready to heed.
"The electorate spoke," Hawkins said, "and we need to be listening."
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