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Kansas legislature

Kansas Legislature

Governor: No state-federal health care partnership

November 8, 2012

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— Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas will have a federally run health insurance exchange, after he declined to support Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's application for a state-federal partnership.

Brownback had said months ago he would wait until after Tuesday's election before moving forward on health care. He announced his decision Thursday after meeting with Praeger, who sought the governor's signature on a letter of support for a state-federal exchange.

Brownback's decision illustrates the divide over the federal health care law between the conservative Republican governor and the moderate Republican commissioner.

States have until Nov. 16 to inform the federal government if they plan to create their own health insurance exchanges, partner with the federal government or have their exchanges run by federal agencies.

Comments

strat09 2 years, 1 month ago

The man is a Bafoon-lets get the details straight. First lets not wait until the heathcare plan waiver is signed by the Federal Government-bring in OUTof state FOR profit Insurance Conglomerates-put hundreds of KANSANS out of work - all in the name of cutting the Medicaid budget. Hmmmm pretty interesting sounds like the same plan that failed miserably in Kentucky and one of the same companies that has pulled out of their contract in Kentucky is now going to be making decisions about KANSANS healthcare. I pay for my own insurance but there are many folks who dont have that luxery-not to mention our disabled, and mentally challenged folk who depend on the state Medicaid sytem to get the care they need to have some quality of life. Do you really believe that not partnering with the Federal Governemnt on issues where Federal dollars come in to support the state Medicaid system is a good idea? I just hope you dont have someone in your family who deperately needs help from Medicaid, and the new MCO decides that the treatment is not medically nessesary. These companies are here for one thing and one thing only-to line their pockets with our medicaid dollars-remember these companies are FOR profit and will weild the right of first refusal at their whim. The companies that have run most of the oversight of Medicaid up until now have been NOT FOR PROFIT organiztions, and have the best interest of the people of Kansas at heart. Im ashamed that we have a Governor who put's his personal political interest and bank account before the citizens he is sworn to serve.

voevoda 2 years, 1 month ago

Given Brownback's obstructionist attitude, it's probably just as well that the Federal government will run the KS insurance exchange. It's likely to provide a better deal for Kansans than anything Brownback would every agree to.

Dan Eyler 2 years, 1 month ago

Very good decision. The federal government created the mess and they can pay for it without Kansans paying the tax bill.

headdoctor 2 years, 1 month ago

If you think the Feds wont pass on the cost to the State think again. Brownback turned down Federal money to do this with. I suspect that cost and more will be billed to the state in one form or another.

jafs 2 years, 1 month ago

Also, of course, Kansans pay federal taxes, right?

HazardArea 2 years, 1 month ago

As usual Governor Brownshirt acts like a petulant and ignorant child. This guy has been a curse for our state. That said, I'd prefer to have the federal government administer ANYTHING rather than let Brownshirt have a hand in it. He's one of those right wing crazies and an embarrasment to Kansas. Surely we can find a suitable alternative at the next election. You know, like a sane intelligent adult professional.

Mike1949 2 years, 1 month ago

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Kansas is turning into a 3rd world entity.

Liberty275 2 years, 1 month ago

You guys can get the health insurance Obama thinks you should have without Brownback's involvement. You should be jumping for joy.

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