Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling on Kansas to expand its Medicaid program to provide health coverage for thousands of additional families.
Clinton issued a statement Monday, hours before the Republican-dominated Legislature opened its annual session.
The federal health overhaul championed by Democratic President Barack Obama encourages states to expand their Medicaid programs and promises the federal government will pay almost all of the cost.
Clinton said expanding Medicaid also would help small rural hospitals.
She said, “Health care for Kansas families should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few.”
Top Kansas Republicans have been skeptical that the federal government will keep its funding promises.
Told of Clinton’s statement, Kansas House Speaker and Stilwell Republican Ray Merrick dismissed it.
He responded, “Hillary who?”