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2:52 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Resolution In Kansas House Opposes Medicaid Expansion

Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that would underscore the Legislature's opposition to a proposed expansion of Medicaid programs. House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says he doesn't support making the state's health care program bigger.

“I don’t think we ought to be accepting federal dollars when the federal government’s broke,” Merrick said. “And I’m not willing to sign on to something with the promise down the line that the money’s always going to be there.”

Merrick says the resolution, while not carrying the force of law, is a way for lawmakers to express their opinion on the matter.

The final decision will be up to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who has yet to announce anything.

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