Kansas, one of 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid to its low-income citizens, had one of the lowest amounts of federal dollars as a percentage of its total state revenue in fiscal year 2015.
The finding comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts, which collected data on all 50 states’ budgets. Federal dollars make up 24.1 percent of Kansas’ state budget, the analysis found. That’s about 8 percent lower than the national average and higher than only North Dakota, Hawaii and Virginia.
Missouri’s total revenue included 37.5 percent from federal funding, even though Missouri, too, has not expanded Medicaid coverage.
The federal government provided 31.9 percent of state revenue in the fiscal year 2015, making it the third-highest percentage on record, Pew reported.
“Most states with higher federal shares had expanded their Medicaid health insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act,” Pew wrote.
In April, the Kansas House failed to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that would have expanded Medicaid in the state.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have strongly supported expansion, saying expansion in Kansas is the right thing to do and not doing so will adversely affect low-income patients and hospitals.