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New Poll Shows Continued Support For Medicaid Expansion In Kansas

Public Opinion Strategies

A new Kansas Hospital Association poll shows strong support in Kansas for expanding Medicaid coverage to more low-income adults.

The poll, done in mid-February, shows that 63 percent of likely voters support expanding eligibility for KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program.

Support increased to 76 percent when respondents were told that the expansion bill introduced by the hospital association was “budget neutral” and that only U.S. citizens who helped pay for their care would be eligible.

Several surveys over the last two years have shown majority support for expansion. But Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders remain opposed to it.

Expansion would provide coverage to about 150,000 adults living just above the federal poverty line.

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