Legislators reconvened Wednesday after an annual spring break, and the state
"It's the best leverage we have right now," said House Minority Leader
Medicaid expansion is one of new Democratic Gov.
"It is very clear that a strong majority in the
A small group of expansion supporters stood outside the entrance to the
"It needs a lot of due diligence and structure to protect the patients as well as the taxpayers," said Senate Majority Leader
Kelly's plan for expanding Medicaid health coverage to up to 150,000 additional
Denning called the House-passed expansion bill "regurgitated" and said the state needs policies in place to curb health costs and encourage Medicaid participants to seek preventative care.
Denning said he agrees with Kelly that expansion "is inevitable" but added, "She's going to have to wait, I hope, until the second year so we can do the massive and complicated plan correctly, rather than in a rush."
The Affordable Care Act was Democratic former President
Kelly's administration has projected that the first full year of
"This issue's not going to go away," Hensley said after the vote.
Blocking the budget is "all we have left," said Rep.
"If we support Medicaid expansion, that's our leverage," she said.