Affordable Care Act http://kmuw.org en State AARP Urges Brownback To Veto Health Compact Bill http://kmuw.org/post/state-aarp-urges-brownback-veto-health-compact-bill <p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill supporters say the compact would free the state from the new Affordable Care Act rules and regulations and allow it to control Medicaid and Medicare spending within its borders.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:38:04 +0000 Jim McLean 33086 at http://kmuw.org State AARP Urges Brownback To Veto Health Compact Bill Crowson Cartoon: The Health Care Compact http://kmuw.org/post/crowson-cartoon-health-care-compact <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:24:03 +0000 Richard Crowson 32748 at http://kmuw.org Crowson Cartoon: The Health Care Compact Kansas Senate Considers State Health Care Compact http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-senate-considers-state-health-care-compact <p>The Senate is also taking up a bill to bring Kansas into a multi-state compact asking to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>If Senators pass the bill today, it will go to Governor Sam Brownback.</p><p><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-house-passes-compact-effort-move-away-federal-health-care">The House approved it last month.</a></p><p>If the U.S. Congress consents, the compact lets participating states remove themselves from all federal health regulations.</p><p>Many Republican lawmakers strongly oppose the Affordable Care Act. They see it as intrusive and burdensome.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:57:56 +0000 Associated Press 32527 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Healthcare Navigators Slammed With Requests Ahead Of ACA Deadline http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-healthcare-navigators-slammed-requests-ahead-aca-deadline <p>Consumers and health care counselors struggled through problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace on Monday.</p><p>They were hit with a crush of late requests from Kansans trying to sign up for health coverage by the deadline.</p><p>The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved trained most of the state's 170 or so health care counselors, or navigators.</p><p>The non-profit group reported that their schedules were packed with appointments ahead of the deadline.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:17:56 +0000 Associated Press 32330 at http://kmuw.org Kansas House Passes Compact In Effort To Move Away From Federal Health Care http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-house-passes-compact-effort-move-away-federal-health-care <p>The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate <a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2553/">a bill</a> that would allow Kansas to join several other states <a href="http://www.alec.org/model-legislation/health-care-compact-act-2/">in an effort to take control of health care programs away from the federal government.</a></p><p></p><p>The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Brett Hildabrand.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:19:09 +0000 Bryan Thompson 31993 at http://kmuw.org State House Debates Legislature To Exempt Kansas From The Affordable Care Act http://kmuw.org/post/state-house-debates-legislature-exempt-kansas-affordable-care-act <p>The state House will soon debate whether Kansas should join a compact of states seeking to exempt themselves from the federal health care law.</p><p>The bill on today's agenda would also let participating states remove themselves from other federal health regulations if Congress consents.</p><p>Critics call the measure symbolic and say Congress wouldn't approve such a compact.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:49:28 +0000 Associated Press 31758 at http://kmuw.org Senate Approves Regulation For Health Care Navigators http://kmuw.org/post/senate-approves-regulation-health-care-navigators <p>The Senate has also approved regulations for counselors who help people navigate the online insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The bill requires these health care navigators to register with the attorney general's office by July 2015, to submit their fingerprints, and to undergo background checks.</p><p>The attorney general's office also will handle complaints about navigators.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:08:49 +0000 Associated Press 31428 at http://kmuw.org House Committee Reviews Bill That Would Allow Kansas To Opt Out Of The ACA http://kmuw.org/post/house-committee-reviews-bill-would-allow-kansas-opt-out-aca <p>A proposal to allow Kansas to opt out of the federal health care overhaul is being reviewed by the house Federal and State Affairs Committee.</p><p>The bill would bring Kansas into a compact among states to take control of health care policy within their borders.</p><p>The compact is the project of the conservative, Texas-based group Competitive Governance Action.</p><p>Congress would have to approve the compact and cede power to the states on health care. Compact supporters think that's a possibility if Republicans control both chambers.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:54:00 +0000 Associated Press 30401 at http://kmuw.org Advocates Likely To Push Harder For Expanded Medicaid In 2014 http://kmuw.org/post/advocates-likely-push-harder-expanded-medicaid-2014 <p>Kansans will likely increase the pressure to expand Medicaid next year, to cover thousands of uninsured residents.</p><p>Advocates say they'll push for an expansion once lawmakers convene their annual session January 13.</p><p>The Republican-dominated Legislature's displeasure with the federal health care overhaul led it to reject the expansion, which would be paid for with federal dollars.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:58:18 +0000 Associated Press 28263 at http://kmuw.org HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline http://kmuw.org/post/healthcaregov-team-working-through-holiday-meet-deadline Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new HealthCare.gov "exchange operations center." Staffers on <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/22/239220962/the-healthcare-gov-tech-surge-is-racing-against-the-clock">the "tech surge"</a> to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site.<p>The pledge came from the president, the vice president, the Health and Human Services secretary, and the numerous spokespeople that represent them, like White House s Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 26915 at http://kmuw.org HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline