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Jan. 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri return to start their 2014 legislative sessions this week.
In Jefferson City, expanding Medicaid eligibility in accordance with Obamacare will be among the top five issues competing for attention, according to the Associated Press. In Topeka, the top priority for lawmakers likely will be school finance, with a potential decision coming from the Kansas Supreme Court that could force lawmakers to spend $400 million more on schools. It is less clear to what degree Medicaid expansion will be considered in Kansas, in part, because 2014 is a gubernatorial election year.
In the roundtable discussion below — which aired Jan. 10 on KCPT — journalists who cover Medicaid expansion in Kansas and Missouri take a look at the politics of the issue, as well as other top political issues, in each state. The journalists are: Dave Helling, Kansas City Star; Jim McLean, KHI News Service; Barbara Shelly, Kansas City Star; and Sam Zeff, KCPT Special Correspondent.
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