- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Catholic bishops in Kansas want lawmakers to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for 130,000 low-income residents who don’t have insurance.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1GKsBy6 ) reports the bishops released a statement Thursday supporting Medicaid expansion. The bishops listed several reservations about the expansion, including that it would include money for contraception and the program needs fiscal reforms. Despite the concerns, the bishops say the expansion would bring important aid to the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Democratic Sen. Laura Kelly said it was unlikely the bishops’ endorsement would sway opponents, while Republican Rep. Scott Schwab said the bishops are entitled to their opinion even though he believes Kansas cannot afford the long-term costs. Sen. Jeff Longbine, also a Republican, said that even though he is not Catholic, he welcomes the endorsement.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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