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 Representative Dan Hawkins, left, a Wichita Republican, and other GOP legislators on an oversight committee this week approved the Brownback administration's proposal to seek renewal of its privatized Medicaid program for five years.  (Photo by Jim McLean /Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, December 1st

It's called KanCare 2.0 but some lawmakers don't like the new version of the state's privatized Medicaid program, so they're trying to halt its implementation.  

Susan Mosier, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (file photo: Stephen Koranda, KPR)
Kansas News Service Thursday, November 30th

Susan Mosier played a keyrole in privatizing the state's Medicaid program and its relaunch as KanCare. 

$100 bills (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Tuesday, November 28th

State officials told lawmakers that KPERS, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, remains stable despite unfunded liabilities. 

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by Dan Skinner)
Associated Press Monday, November 27th

Want to find out who's benefiting from Kansas tax breaks? It's harder to get that information than you might think, because Kansas is one of the rare states that forbids disclosure of tax credit recipients.    

Celia Goering and Governor Sam Brownback with the official Christmas tree for the governor's mansion. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Friday, November 24th

Kansas tree growers struggled with droughts in recent years.

Gina Meier-Hummel, right, is Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer's pick to serve as secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Colyer, left, announced her appointment Wednesday in Topeka. (photo credit: Stephen Koranda)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, November 22nd

Gina Meier-Hummel says foster care will be an immediate focus when she takes over for outgoing Department of Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore on December 1st.

Gov. Brownback speaking earlier this year while Lt. Gov. Colyer looks on. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, November 22nd

Colyer is taking on some of the major powers and responsibilities of the governorship.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer will name Gina Meier-Hummel to head the Department for Children and Families. (Photo Credit: Dave Ranney, KHI News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, November 22nd

Gina Meier-Hummel currently serves as executive director of The Children’s Shelter of Lawrence. 

​ Jon Hamdorf, interim Medicaid director with the Kansas Department of Health and Enviornment, responds to questions at a KanCare 2.0 public hearing last week in Topeka.  (Photo by Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, November 21st

Kansas officials are promising that longstanding problems with KanCare – the state’s privatized Medicaid program – will be fixed in the new and improved version of the program. KanCare 2.0.  But some recipients and service providers remain skeptical.  

Governor Brownback speaking outside the governor's mansion Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Tuesday, November 21st

Governor Brownback said he's leaving the budget planning to the lieutenant governor.


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