Davids Applauds Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion Deal Reached by Kansas Gov. Kelly and State Sen. Denning

January 9, 2020
Press Release

Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03) applauded Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning’s bipartisan deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program announced today.

“This is big news for Kansas. Medicaid expansion means over 100,000 Kansans will receive quality, affordable health coverage that protects people with pre-existing conditions. I want to thank Governor Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning for coming to the table and reaching a bipartisan deal to help ensure Kansans have access to the health care they need,” said Davids.

“I’ve been a vocal advocate for Medicaid expansion, which is why I co-sponsored legislation to incentivize states like Kansas to expand Medicaid by starting the amount the federal government matches state’s investment for expansion at 100 percent. Too many Kansans are struggling with the rising cost of health care, and I’ll keep working to ensure Congress helps states expand Medicaid so we can lower costs and increase access to quality health coverage,” continued Davids. 

The Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act, H.R. 584, would allow states to receive 100% Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for the first three years after it expands Medicaid, 95% for the fourth year, 94% for the fifth year, 93% for the sixth year, and 90% all years thereafter, helping to ease a state’s transition into expansion.

Under current law, the federal government provides 90% FMAP for states newly expanding Medicaid, instead of the 100% FMAP for three years proposed in the Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act.

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