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Obama unveils Sebelius as his latest choice for HHS secretary

Short introductory press conference held at White House

President Barack Obama announces Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his nominee for Health and Human Services secretary Monday in the East Room of the White House.

President Barack Obama announces Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his nominee for Health and Human Services secretary Monday in the East Room of the White House.

March 2, 2009, 9:24 a.m. Updated March 2, 2009, 3:20 p.m.

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Kathleen Sebelius: Two decades in politics

Kathleen Sebelius is the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services in Obama's Cabinet. She has served as Kansas' governor since 2002 and before that was insurance commissioner and a state representative.

— President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Health and Human Services Department has a history of bucking the insurance industry, which faces the biggest hit under Obama’s initial health care reform plan.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius gets her introduction to the reform debate at a White House summit Obama will call to order on Thursday.

Obama introduced Sebelius on Monday as his choice to run HHS, including overseeing Medicare and Medicaid, the twin government health programs for the elderly and the poor. Their spiraling costs threaten to bankrupt the country.

The 60-year-old, second-term governor has cultivated an image as someone who stands up to insurers.

She was state insurance commissioner in 2001 when Indianapolis-based Anthem Insurance Cos. Inc. offered to buy Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Kansas for $190 million as it sought to expand its holdings nationwide. It promised to maintain coverage levels.

Sebelius blocked the deal in February 2002 after concluding that premiums would rise under Anthem’s ownership. She prevailed when the state’s highest court overturned a lower court ruling that she had exceeded her authority by rejecting the offer.

Later that year, Sebelius made her decision against the merger a central component of her campaign for governor, using it to help craft her image as a staunch consumer advocate who would stand up to powerful special interests.

As the nation’s health secretary, Sebelius likely will have a similar, but bigger fight on her hands: pushing through the changes Obama outlined in the 2010 budget he released last week. Among other things, it calls for setting aside $634 billion over 10 years as a down payment on health care overhaul.

About half the sum would come from spending cuts in government health programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

But the biggest cut of all — nearly $177 billion — would come from reducing payments to private insurance plans now serving about 10 million Medicare recipients, about one-fourth of the seniors and disabled people enrolled in the programs.

“Health care reform that reduces costs while expanding coverage is no longer just a dream we hope to achieve. It’s a necessity we have to achieve,” Obama said in the East Room of the White House as he introduced Sebelius.

Obama also announced that he had chosen Nancy-Ann DeParle to run the White House Office for Health Reform. DeParle was a health policy figure during the Clinton administration.

Sebelius is subject to Senate confirmation; DeParle is not.

Both posts were to be filled by former the longtime senator from South Dakota, Tom Daschle, but Obama was left searching for replacements after Daschle withdrew from consideration about a month ago after disclosing he failed to pay $140,000 in taxes and interest.

Sebelius told Obama that she shares his belief “that we can’t fix the economy without fixing health care.”

As insurance commissioner, Sebelius also sought to require insurance companies to cover birth control for women. Insurance lobbyists and anti-abortion groups opposed the proposal, and it died in the state Legislature.

She also cut state workers’ compensation rates by more than 11 percent, when the industry wanted a more than 4 percent increase. And she has argued that patients should be allowed to sue insurance companies over their decisions.

A Roman Catholic who supports abortion rights, Sebelius’ nomination prompted angry reactions from anti-abortion groups outraged by her ties to Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortion provider in Wichita, Kan. Groups including Operation Rescue and Concerned Women for America vowed to mobilize against her nomination. The American Life League said it was rolling out a “STOP Sebelius” petition and asking other anti-abortion groups to join.

Labor unions, the American Medical Association and the Hispanic advocacy group National Council of La Raza applauded the nomination.

As a state lawmaker, Sebelius worked to codify into state law the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. She voted to allow state-financed abortions and against restricting late-term abortions, adding an eight-hour waiting period and requiring parental notification for minors.

As governor, she vetoed a bill putting new restrictions on abortion and allowing lawsuits to block the procedure on fetuses 22 weeks or older.

“There is nobody in America in my mind that is more radically sold out to the abortion lobby than Kathleen Sebelius,” said Troy Newman, president of Kansas-based Operation Rescue.

But such criticism did not appear to be translating, at least immediately, into opposition among senators who will vote on her nomination.

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., one of the Senate’s leading social conservatives, issued a joint statement with Roberts that seemed to accept Sebelius’ nomination as a done deal.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a medical doctor and another conservative whom anti-abortion groups were looking to for help, signaled through a spokesman that he was concerned about Sebelius’ abortion position, but stopped short of threatening to block her nomination.

Sebelius has been criticized for holding a reception at the governor’s mansion in April 2007 with Tiller, who was under investigation into whether he illegally performed late-term abortions. She held the reception as part of a fundraising auction for the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus. Tiller was the highest bidder.

Tiller is scheduled to go on trial later this month on 19 misdemeanor charges alleging he failed to get a second opinion from an independent physician before performing some late-term abortions, as Kansas law requires.

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Shardwurm 5 years, 1 month ago

Step 1 of the Kansas stimulus package accomplished.

Thank you President Obama!

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jumpin_catfish 5 years, 1 month ago

Did you pay all your taxes Kate?

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XD40 5 years, 1 month ago

Oldest known fossilized brain found in Kansas:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,503864,00.html

Nominated by Chicago crook to be Secretary of HHS.

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ENGWOOD 5 years, 1 month ago

As Red Forman from That 70's show would say "dumb ass"

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Pogo 5 years, 1 month ago

Pure, utter ignorance abounds:

"beobachter (Anonymous) says…

pogo, yes some people never accomplish anything. Look at your beloved former president W."

We're not, nor ever have been supporters of either Bush's.

Sebelius is a simple simon dope who is going to mess up big time: Can you even imagine, let alone contemplate the number of idiots from this backwater state who will follow her with patronage appointments? Do you understand just how ill run and managed a simple outfit like Kansas SRS is? Multiply this astounding level of ignorance by a quantum leap and you can begin to see what could and shall happen to HHS.

Obama has a chnace to re-define health care for all Americans but he shall be greatly messing this up with this hayseed Kansas idiot.

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sustainabilitysister 5 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations Governor Sebelius! Thank you for serving Kansas!

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XD40 5 years, 1 month ago

Another tax cheat in the Obamessiah administration.

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDM1Y2E0NTlkYWExMzA5ZjY0Y2U5ZjkwODNlY2FmNzA=

What is about democrats and taxes. They always want to raise them, never want to pay them.

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Ray Parker 5 years, 1 month ago

Pro-lifers, if not completely stifled by Congress and the baby-hating media, have the capacity to raise enough stink about Bilious Sebelius’ abortion mill scandals and conflicts of interest to make Daschle’s overdue tax problem seem like overlooked pocket change. Then listeners will wonder why they haven’t heard the protesting voices of Senators Brownback and Roberts loud and clear. What a dilemma! A chance to get Sebelius out of Kansas forever, yet loathing to foist her rabid, corrupt promotion of unrestricted taxpayer-funded abortion on an entire nation! Every criminal abortionist quack in America knows he can buy off Sebelius to sanction and shield criminal abortion rackets for just a few bloodstained dollars in kickbacks.

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meggers 5 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if Brownback isn't making a big deal about the abortion issue, because he has his eye on the governorship. shudder

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Gootsie 5 years, 1 month ago

I guess I was watching a different governor. I see her as strong and not afraid to take on a whole state of republicans. I feel proud to have her represent Kansas in DC.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 1 month ago

(CNN) -- The congressional showdown over Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' nomination to President Obama's Cabinet may focus less on her qualifications than on the issue of abortion, analysts said.

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama listens to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius during a January 2008 rally.

Obama on Monday nominated Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Cabinet nominations require Senate confirmation, and anti-abortion groups already are making their views known.

Analysts suspected that Obama would face a battle over abortion if and when he makes a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, but religious conservatives could use Sebelius as a warm-up for the seemingly inevitable fight.

Calling Sebelius an "enemy of the unborn," Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the Kansas governor's nomination is particularly disturbing because the health and human services secretary is one of the few members of the administration who can directly affect abortion policy.

"Sebelius' support for abortion is so far off the charts that she has been publicly criticized by the last three archbishops of Kansas City," Donohue said in a statement. Watch why filling the Cabinet post is urgent task »

The liberal group Catholics United has come to Sebelius' defense, saying the Kansas governor has taken several steps to lower the abortion rate in her state. The group also has posted excerpts of a 2006 speech in which Sebelius said she opposed abortion.

"My Catholic faith teaches me that all life is sacred, and personally I believe abortion is wrong," she said then. "However, I disagree with the suggestion that criminalizing women and their doctors is an effective means of achieving the goal of reducing the number of abortions in our nation."


The whole link (if it works).

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75x55 5 years, 1 month ago

"snap_pop_no_crackle (Anonymous) says…

In bozo-world, just to the left of Lenin = centerist."

Actually, a "centrist" in that alterno-world is a Marxist-Leninist without a gun in their hand.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

Good article on CNN about her, saying the big issue in confirmation is abortion. "Sebelius is so qualified, the abortion issue may not be enough to derail her nomination." And even Brownback supports he nomination.

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meggers 5 years, 1 month ago

XD40,

Other than the fact that the economy remains in a tailspin, as it was before Obama took office, your link in no way backs up your assertion. If Obama "owns" this crisis(which is still considered a recession by most economic experts), he clearly inherited it from his predecessor. But don't let the truth get in your way.

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meggers 5 years, 1 month ago

dougmarshall,

The negative comments towards Sebelius and other democrats on this site have little to do with the overall perception of the public. Unfortunately, there is a very vocal minority of either unemployed or underemployed right wing mouthpieces who spend inordinate amounts of time on the LJW foisting their hate-filled wisdom upon the community at large.

If you don't believe me, just look at Sebelius' re-election numbers and then tell me that what you're seeing in this thread is representative of Lawrence's (or even Kansas') overall view of the governor.

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XD40 5 years, 1 month ago

The markets continue to vote 'no confidence' in the Obambi presidency. He now completely owns this depression. He leveraged us into it. He and his democrat ilk in the congress are exacerbating the problems.

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/090302/wall_street.html

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em1 5 years, 1 month ago

I just hope she's paid her taxes...............

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

Doing some more recycling, merrill?

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 1 month ago

It slays me that anyone is saying BO is "centrist". Compared to who/what?

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Edward Coan 5 years, 1 month ago

Congrats Kathleen! You have been a great Governor.

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dougmarshall 5 years, 1 month ago

Let's hope she is confirmed so we don't have to let her back in! It should tell us all something when you see mostly negative comments about her on the paper's site, which originates in the only blue county in the state. Imagine how bad the comments would be if the paper wasn't in the liberal capital of Kansas!

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 1 month ago

Some like beoB can not lose the BDS. Is it misplaced anger, over The Messiah? What is the stock market right now? $6800. How long before it cracks 6000? 5000? 4000?

Yeah, the Saviour alright.

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 1 month ago

"you Repubs keep our overall IQ level extremely low." - confrontation

Not only is that correct "confron.", they are actually proud of it, which is actually pretty sickening.

There is no pride in ignorance.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

About HR 676 National Health Insurance

Let’s move into this plan slowly. Why not go into this matter that leaves the choice more or less open to citizens. This program could begin by moving all of the following into the program and bringing those tax dollars with them. • everyone on social security and their dependents • all disabled veterans • all Iraq/Afghanistan veterans • all federal government employees including active duty military stationed stateside • all currently uninsured

What this approach does is leave open the choice for all others to either make the change or continue with their current insurance provider. Thus removing any confrontation with insurance providers.

Face it an HR 676 will save large amounts of tax dollars on all federal employees,vets and those currently uninsured. Are Americans ready for HR 676? Of course they are. No doubt millions more will sign on once an HR 676 is put in place.

Not only that HR 676 makes all Americans more employable. Not to mention the opportunity it creates for new small business ventures. So many would not venture off to becoming a small business entrepreneur due to the cost of maintaining insurance for their families so now opportunity knocks. Now we're talking long term economic growth for americans by way of long term employment.

Employers should not be forced to pay up. There are enough tax dollars available in the USA to cover the cost easily: 60% of insured are covered with taxes = a big slice of the pie Cut subsidies going to very wealthy industries = Another sizeable slice of the pie. Let's get them off welfare! Instead have those tax dollars care for americans thus attracting industry and new jobs at the same time which creates new economic growth. Cut defense budget 25%-50% = a healthy slice of the pie Implement 1 cent sales tax to supplement. This is one sales tax that would pay back to every taxpayer and their local community. What a great way to bring tax dollars home.

*WHY wouldn't TAXPAYERS want THEIR tax dollars to cover the expense of THEIR own medical insurance? What in the world is wrong with that? What could be more american

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beawolf 5 years, 1 month ago

not_holroyd, Can't you just clip and paste a link.

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Confrontation 5 years, 1 month ago

ArumerZwarteHoop, thanks for the offer. However, I have to remain in Kansas so that we don't have a brain drain. If I leave, there'll be a severe drop in the intelligence level of the state. Afterall, you Repubs keep our overall IQ level extremely low.

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Sean Livingstone 5 years, 1 month ago

"Marion (Marion Lynn) says… Well, we'll have to see how the “Sibelius stimulus” works out!"

Yeap, I also wonder who "stimulated" Rush Limbaugh and made him gave such an "exciting" speech.... must have had some fun before that. My first thought is Ann Coulter, but coming back, don't think she can handle him that well, though I foresee both can do well in a nice movie... (that kind you know).

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Sean Livingstone 5 years, 1 month ago

"beobachter (Anonymous) says… pogo, yes some people never accomplish anything. Look at your beloved former president W."

You're dead wrong. W does A LOT, including invading a neutral country, mess up the Middle East, and of course the economy. Then all his men to infiltrate the economy and grab all the monies. And of course, the Democrats didn't do much, and simply sit aside to watch the whole events unfold in front of them.

You don't call these accomplishments, I don't know what you'll call them.

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not_holroyd 5 years, 1 month ago

(contd) “Per federal regulations,” the letter read, “if changes are made to the reimbursement rates for CLO, they must also be applied to other entities...This greatly increases the costs of options considered for CLO.”

In short, if SRS were to increase funding for CLO, federal guidelines would require additional state spending on other provider organizations, too.

Strouse would have been told that SRS had “little or no ability at this time to divert funding to other priorities.”

But that bad-news letter was never mailed.

On Aug. 14, several days before the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the governor’s chief of staff e-mailed Jordan asking for an update on the status of the letter, about which they had previously communicated.

“I know you are on the road this week,” Findley wrote, “but thought I would check in and see if there was any update on that draft letter? Just dawned on me that I am going to be spending the entire week of August 25th in Denver with Larry Gates (as will the Governor). So…if there was a potential for us to have an initial meeting with him next week…or at least have one solidly scheduled for the week of September 2nd…that might be beneficial.”

Later e-mail exchanges with Findley, obtained through an open records request by Interhab, showed that Jordan agreed to meet with Gates the first week of September.

Apparently, Gates was more persuasive than Strouse in making the case for additional funding, but Jordan said it wasn’t Gates’ political connections that made the difference.

“What influenced me from him was his passion and commitment to the organization. He’s been on that board 30 years,” Jordan said.

Jordan then had a Sept. 10 meeting with Findley and after that the response letter to Strouse was shelved.

“We just talked about the situation,” Jordan said of the meeting. “He asked that I give it another look, that I keep looking, and I said I would,” Jordan said. “The letter doesn’t say we didn’t want to help them, it says we were struggling to find a way.” . . .

more at www.khi.org Kansas Health Institute

http://www.khi.org/s/index.cfm?aid=1982

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Sebelius, don't let the troglodytes phase you, they voted for Phil Kline, and are still angry, bitter, and clinging to guns, no doubt about it. The thinkers in your state appreciate and respect you, keep up the good work.

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not_holroyd 5 years, 1 month ago

(contd) ‘Struggling to find a way’

According to SRS documents, since September 2007, CLO Chief Executive Officer Mike Strouse had been talking with agency officials, trying to persuade them that CLO should get more state funding because it served a disproportionately high number of severely disabled individuals.

According to an SRS analysis prepared for Jordan, CLO serves more “Tier One” individuals than any other provider in the state. Persons designated Tier One are those considered the most severely disabled.

The organization was receiving about $15 million a year from SRS for services provided to those and other less disabled persons in its care. And according to SRS documents, of the 110 people provided residential “supports” or services by CLO, 64 were designated Tier One.

Months went by, but Strouse made no apparent headway with SRS officials.

In a July 1, 2008 letter to Jordan, Strouse wrote: “Unfortunately, the reimbursement system for community services was not designed to support the needs of an agency like CLO…CLO provides $20 million of services each year (one of Kansas’ largest providers) but rarely has it broken even on Kansas operations across its 30-year history (e.g., in 2006 CLO lost approximately $1 million on its Kansas operations.)”

CLO operates several residential homes and day activity programs in northeast and southeast Kansas. Most are in Johnson and Douglas counties.

Strouse proposed various ways SRS might be able to pay more to CLO, including changing the state’s Medicaid plan and/or changing the state’s financial test for “special tier” funding.

“We propose that the financial need test be different for the very few agencies like CLO that serve a large and disproportionate share of special need persons,” Strouse wrote, “ (e.g., be based upon the agency’s financial capacity.)”

Jordan asked his staff to prepare a response to the letter and that request was pushed down the line.

“Would you have someone prepare a response,” Ray Dalton, deputy secretary of disability and behavioral health services, wrote in a July 2 e-mail to a subordinate. “I skimmed the letter (from Strouse) it looks pretty much the same as the others so we should be able to use work you have already done.”

A draft letter dated Aug. 7 was readied for Jordan’s signature.

It would have informed Strouse that SRS faced certain “constraints…that currently affect the way we are able to respond to your concerns.”

There were two cited in particular: One was the state’s bleak budget situation. The second was federal guidelines.

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Mixolydian 5 years, 1 month ago

Is it possible to leave a comment without childish name calling. Old hag? Republi-losers?

You're not funny, clever, witty, amusing, interesting or anything else remotely resembling a positive adjective.

None of you.

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not_holroyd 5 years, 1 month ago

(contd) Regardless of the Medicaid question, which isn’t likely to be answered anytime soon, many believe Jordan’s decision was based on the political connections of those most closely involved.

“The information suggests that but for political influence, this decision would have been handled differently,” said Tom Laing, executive director at Interhab, an association that represents most of the state’s community based programs for the developmentally disabled.

“To suggest that this one organization needed $700,000 of secretarial largesse is a slap in the face of every organization that is struggling right now,” Laing said. “He (Jordan) can’t have looked at every organization and concluded this was the one that needed help the most. He looked at this one alone.”

Democratic ties

Jordan, after months of back-and-forth discussion and later consultations with the governor’s office, apparently reversed his own earlier decision on the matter and approved the $712,000 in special funding for Community Living Opportunities, an organization that then included among its board members Larry Gates, Dan Biles and Lew Perkins.

Gates is chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party and a confidante of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Biles, then Gates’ law partner, since has been appointed by the governor to the Kansas Supreme Court and has resigned his CLO board position. Perkins is athletics director at the University of Kansas.

Gates said he did nothing wrong by taking CLO’s case to the governor’s office after talks between CLO and SRS had failed to satisfy CLO’s pleas for more state assistance.

And Jordan said it was not unusual for him to have discussed the details of the situation in personal meetings with Gates or in talks with the governor’s chief of staff, Troy Findley.

“Did I ask the governor’s office to help me at some point in time? Yes,” Gates said. “But it was a long time after there was no action. I just said ‘Please have them (SRS) make a decision because we need to know what to do.’”

Gates said he called the governor’s office on CLO’s behalf, acting as a “Kansas citizen,” not as chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party or as an attorney for CLO.

Gates’ law firm does some work for CLO, which has reported making annual payments to the Gates firm ranging between about $38,000 and $49,000.

“We have an ongoing discussion (with the governor’s office) on big issues all the time,” Jordan said. “I did not receive pressure from the people I work for. No one twisted my arm.”

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not_holroyd 5 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like the Governor's office was doing some strong-arming on health funding issues. I bet the confirmations committee will get into this..... The LJW should also investigate and report.


Special funding arrangement questioned

By Dave Ranney and Mike Shields KHI News Service March 2, 2009

TOPEKA — Late last year, as most other programs for people with disabilities were bracing for likely state budget cuts, the head of the state welfare department quietly approved $712,000 in “extraordinary” funding for a Lenexa-based program that specializes in caring for people with severe disabilities.

It was an unusual move that stood the normal process on its head, was done without legislative review or endorsement, and soon raised outcry from surprised service providers elsewhere across the state.

Some upset with the move said the increased payments violated the state’s contract with service providers. Others have questioned whether the arrangement complies with the state’s Medicaid plan and in protests to SRS even suggested it might be “Medicaid fraud.”

States that run afoul of their Medicaid plans are sometimes required to refund the federal government or are otherwise penalized. For example, between 2002 and 2007, the federal government withdrew or took back from Kansas about $110 million after auditors said the state had misdirected Medicaid dollars to special education, mental health and other programs.

Don Jordan, secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, told KHI News Service he feels certain that — despite the controversy they have stirred up — the extraordinary payments he authorized were proper, legal and necessary.

“I believe I made the right decision,” he said. “If I hadn’t thought it was right decision, I wouldn’t have made it.”

The question of Medicaid propriety was brought to the attention of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program.

Officials there said they had not yet done their own review of the payments but had been assured by SRS officials that everything was legitimate.

“We have discussed this with SRS and were assured that the rate change was compliant with our Medicaid state plan,” said Andy Allison, the state’s Medicaid director. “We will follow up to ensure compliance with CMS rules.”

CMS is the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Others think the funding arrangement might warrant a closer look from federal officials.

“Does this constitute Medicaid fraud? That’s hard to say, I don’t know all the facts and all the details,” said Martha Hodgesmith, a former SRS director of community supports and services for people with disabilities now working at the University of Kansas. “Is this something worthy of running by a federal OIG (Office of Inspector General)? Yeah.”

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parrotuya 5 years, 1 month ago

An excellent choice! But now who will veto the Republi-loser-cans bad legislation? What's the matter with Kansas?

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 1 month ago

Well, we'll have to see how the "Sibelius stimulus" works out!

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c_dubya 5 years, 1 month ago

"centrist president"

Bozo you crack me up man. Priceless.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

In bozo-world, just to the left of Lenin = centerist.

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jt08 5 years, 1 month ago

Congrats Gov. Sebelius! Kansas' loss is the nation's gain.

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XD40 5 years, 1 month ago

The turkey-necked witch will help Obambi and his democrat minions finally destroy health care in this country.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

She's a centrist taking a job with a centrist president in his centrist administration, and she'll be replaced by her centrist Lt. Gov., who will have to contend with a legislature dominated by a Republican party whose moderate and ultraconservative wings are at war with each other.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic day to get rid of this old hag. She has done nothing but run this state into the ground with a very anti business approach plus her approval of very sexual game which was produced in Cedar Crest.

She has been a HORRIBLE presence in this state.

Good riddance 'ya 'ole queen.

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Larry_The_Moocher 5 years, 1 month ago

Looks like to me that Beomoocher and former President W have a lot in common!

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madmike 5 years, 1 month ago

Pogo - You could substitute her for Obama and get the same answer, except he wasn't even an insurance commissioner, just a "community organizer"!

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calvin 5 years, 1 month ago

Kathy- please don't ever come back to Kansas.

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bjfisher 5 years, 1 month ago

Goodbye Kathy, goodbye. You're pure political BS. Next Kansas elected Govenor will be Republican.

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ArumerZwarteHoop 5 years, 1 month ago

confrontation you could follow her to the liberal paradise of Washington DC if you grow tired of all these republicans in Kansas, I will chip in for your bus ticket.

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c_dubya 5 years, 1 month ago

Hooray! Don't let the door...

Never mind. Let it hit you.

Aw, Easy you beat me to it!

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Confrontation 5 years, 1 month ago

Great for the country, horrible for Kansas. We'll miss you Sebelius! You were the hope in a sea of stupid Republicans.

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beobachter 5 years, 1 month ago

pogo, yes some people never accomplish anything. Look at your beloved former president W.

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Easy 5 years, 1 month ago

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Maybe now we can have some coal plants.

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Pogo 5 years, 1 month ago

The President shall learn to regret this choice.

This woman has never had a real job in her life and has relied on political cronyism for a living. Kansas insurance commissioner? Please, what did she ever accomplish?

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iowastreetradar 5 years, 1 month ago

I guess Gov. Sebelius finally "dropped the soap" for Obama.

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