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Gov: KS Won't Partner with Feds on Health Exchange

HIX May 2012 LTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback says the state of Kansas will have a federally-run health insurance exchange, after declining to support Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's application for establishment of a state-federal partnership. Brownback had said months ago that he would wait until after Tuesday's election before moving forward on health care.  He announced his decision Thursday after a meeting with Prager, who had 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 that exists between the conservative Republican governor and the moderate Republican commissioner. States have until November 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. 

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