Kelly, GOP leaders can’t break Medicaid stalemate

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TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and top Republican legislators have met to try to break a stalemate on expanding Medicaid in Kansas.

Negotiations failed Wednesday because Kelly contends that lawmakers approve a plan this year and the GOP leaders insist on waiting until next year.

Kelly set aside four hours for talks in her Statehouse office with the majority leaders and heads of the health committees in the House and Senate, who all oppose her expansion proposal. The meeting ended after about 90 minutes.

Participants say it became clear that neither Kelly nor the Republicans would budge on whether a plan should pass this year.

The House approved a modified version of Kelly’s expansion plan last month, but the Senate has yet to take it up.

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