April 4, 2017

Around the nation: Medicaid expansion falls short in Kansas

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    • Kansas: The Kansas House fell three votes short of overriding Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) veto of legislation that would have expanded the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The expansion would have covered an additional 150,000 people in the state and possibly bolstered similar efforts in other states, according to the New York Times. Despite the failed vote, some state lawmakers said they will continue to push for Medicaid expansion in the state (Goodnough/Smith, New York Times, 4/3; Kansas City Star, 4/3).

    • Texas: Memorial Hermann has opened a new 81-bed hospital, Memorial Hermann Cypress (MHC). MHC features state-of-the-art ORs, an ICU, and a neonatal intensive care unit. MHC will have 100 affiliated physicians across 20 specialties (Sanborn, Healthcare Finance, 3/31).

    • Wisconsin: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said he will release a proposal this month that would require Medicaid applicants to take a drug test if they are suspected of substance misuse. If enacted, the plan would make Wisconsin the first state to impose mandatory drug screenings for Medicaid beneficiaries. Under the plan, the state would require applicants who test positive to get treatment, Washington Post's "Power Post" reports (Cunningham, "Power Post," Washington Post, 4/2).

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