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Medicaid expansion backers in Kansas may hold budget hostage


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Advocates for expanding Medicaid in Kansas are looking to block passage of the state's next annual budget to force an expansion plan through the Republican-controlled Legislature over conservative leaders' objections.

Legislators reconvened Wednesday after an annual spring break, and the state Senate rejected an effort by its top Democrat to expedite an expansion debate. The Senate has yet to act on a measure approved by the House in March, and top Republicans want to delay action until next year.

The next Senate vote was 23-13 on pulling an expansion bill out of the c...

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