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Kansas to Delay Consolidation of Home Services for Elderly & Disabled

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is delaying a planned consolidation of seven programs providing in-home services for the elderly and disabled until spring 2017. Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer made the commitment in a letter to Kansas House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Dan Hawkins last week. Colyer is a leading spokesman on health care issues in Govern or Sam Brownback's administration. Hawkins said Tuesday that the delay will give lawmakers a chance to review the so-called integration plan during their session next year. Brownback's administration has pursued consolidation since last year and initially planned for it to take effect in January. The administration contends it will make the delivery of services more efficient. Advocates for the disabled and some lawmakers worried the administration was moving too quickly and services could be cut.

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