Both houses of the Kansas Legislature approved a bill that would expand health coverage for children and pregnant women, and provide a state income tax break for health insurance premiums. If it becomes law, the bill would raise the income caps for the childrens program and the Medicaid coverage of pregnant women.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius endorsed a more wide-ranging proposal that included an indoor smoking ban and higher tobacco taxes. Sebelius has not indicated whether she will sign the bill, but in published comments, she said that while the bill fell short of what she wanted, it also probably makes a couple of steps forward. -- by Vince Galloro