HB 2270, a bill proposed as an alternative to outright Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is supported by the Kansas Hospital Association and other medical professionals in Kansas and which would allow Kansas to receive federal funding that would help low income Kansans purchase private insurance through KanCare, has been bottled up in committee by Rep. Dan Hawkins (R-Wichita).
Kansas uninsured rate increases more than 5 percentage points from 12.5% to 17.6% between 2013 and 2014. Kansas is alone by an order of magnitude in that colossal policy failure.
Even though the Legislature passed a last minute sneaky amendment to a routine bill (House Bill No. 2552) to take the question out of the governor's hands before the November election, we can voice our disapproval at the ballot box this November.
Contact your legislators. If your Kansas State Senator or your Kansas State Representative voted against Medicaid expansion (a 'yea' vote on House Bill No. 2552, see below), tell them you will be voting against them this fall, because they are committing fiscal malpractice. If they voted for expansion (a 'nay' vote on House Bill No. 2552, see below), let them know you appreciate their principled stand on this issue.
Contact Governor Brownback. Tell him you will NOT return him to office this coming November.
HB 2552, AN ACT concerning the Kansas medical assistance program; amending K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 39-709 and repealing the existing section.
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 33; Nays 7; Present and Passing 0; Absent or Not Voting 0.
Yeas: Abrams, Apple, Arpke, Bowers, Bruce, Denning, Donovan, Fitzgerald, Holmes, Kelly, Kerschen, King, Knox, LaTurner, Longbine, Love, Lynn, Masterson, McGinn, Melcher, O'Donnell, Olson, Ostmeyer, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook, Powell, Pyle, V. Schmidt, Shultz, Smith, Tyson, Wagle, Wolf.
Nays: Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hawk, Hensley, Holland, Pettey.
The bill passed, as amended.
On motion of Rep. Rubin, the House concurred in Senate amendments to HB 2552, AN ACT concerning the Kansas medical assistance program; amending K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 39-709 and repealing the existing section.
(The House requested the Senate to return the bill, which was in conference).
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 68; Nays 54; Present but not voting: 0; Absent or not voting: 3.
Yeas: Anthimides, Barker, Bradford, Bruchman, Brunk, Couture-Lovelady, Campbell, Carlson, Carpenter, Cassidy, Christmann, Claeys, Corbet, Crum, E. Davis, DeGraaf, Dove, Edwards, Esau, Estes, Gandhi, Garber, Goico, Gonzalez, Grosserode, Hawkins, Hedke, Highland, Hildabrand, Hoffman, Houser, Howell, Huebert, Hutton, Johnson, Jones, Kahrs, Kelley, Kelly, Kiegerl, Kinzer, Kleeb, Lunn, Macheers, Mason, Mast, McPherson, Meigs, Merrick, O'Brien, Osterman, Peck, Petty, Phillips, Powell, Proehl, Rhoades, Rothlisberg, Rubin, Ryckman Jr., Ryckman Sr., Schwab, Seiwert, Suellentrop, Sutton, Todd, Vickrey, Whipple.
Nays: Alcala, Alford, Ballard, Becker, Boldra, Bollier, Bridges, Burroughs, Carlin, Carmichael, Clayton, Concannon, Curtis, P. Davis, Dierks, Doll, Edmonds, Ewy, Finch, Finney, Frownfelter, Henderson, Henry, Hibbard, Hill, Hineman, Houston, Jennings, Kuether, Lane, Lusk, Lusker, Meier, Menghini, Moxley, Pauls, Perry, Rooker, Ruiz, Sawyer, Schroeder, Sloan, Sloop, Swanson, Thompson, Tietze, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Waymaster, Weigel, Wilson, Winn, Wolfe Moore.
Present but not voting: None.
Absent or not voting: Read, Schwartz, Thimesch.
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