September 5 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Two Republican officials will go head-to-head for the U.S. House seat covering much of eastern Kansas. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner announced Wednesday that he would run against incumbent Steve Watkins. Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service has more.

Governor Laura Kelly wants to expand Medicaid in Kansas, so she’s rounding up a council to look at what has worked in other states. It comes as Kelly prepares a new push to add more than 130,000 additional low-income people to the state’s Medicaid rolls. Republicans have so far blocked her on the issue.

The severe flooding caused by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas is making it difficult for relief supplies to get in.   Springfield, Missouri-based humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope has already sent three staff members to The Bahamas to determine how and where to send food, water, and other supplies.

A coalition of healthcare providers and trade organizations is collecting signatures to place a Medicaid expansion on Missouri’s ballots in 2020. The state is one of 14 that has not expanded its Medicaid coverage to more lower-income people through the Affordable Care Act.

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