Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, the Kansas state chapter of AARP and several other groups are calling on Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill authorizing Kansas’s membership in an interstate health care compact. Supporters of the bill say it would free the state from new Obamacare rules and regulations and allow it to control Medicaid and Medicare spending within its borders. But the AARP’s Maren Turner says turning Medicare over to state officials could jeopardize the benefits of the nearly 450,000 Kansas seniors enrolled in the health care program.
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer expressed support for the bill shortly after it passed. But he stopped short of promising that the governor would sign it. Governor Brownback has 10 days from yesterday (Monday) to decide whether to sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.
Several groups, including the Kansas chapter of AARP, want Governor Sam brownback to veto a controversial health care bill. As Jim McLean, of the KHI News Service, reports... the bill would allow Kansas to join with other states that want to control how federal health care dollars are spent within their borders.