The hearings come ahead of an expected vote in
The bill doesn't require nondisabled adults to work but mandates referrals to workforce training programs. Full-time college students are exempt from the referrals, and the
In past years, expansion legislation didn't advance because of conservative opposition, both from legislative leadership and the governor. After voters installed a number of moderate
Even if expansion passes the Legislature, Brownback may veto the bill. He praised lawmakers for not expanding during his State of the State address in January.
In the speech, he said it would be foolish to endorse
Brownback has previously outlined conditions that would allow him to support expansion: It must be budget-neutral,
On Monday, he reiterated those same elements.
"I do think work requirements are important, because it really does help people get out of poverty," Brownback said.
The financial impact of expansion is also important, he said, because of the
State estimates show expanding
Senators on the panel said they would be open to considering a work requirement.
"It would certainly make me more receptive, too," said Sen.
Many people in the coverage gap are working, she said, but have no benefits. Others may have mental health issues that prevent them from working full time, she said.
According to a 2016 analysis by the
"If they're not (working), there's probably a pretty good reason for that," such as mental health issues and disabilities, said Sen.
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