Crime and Courts
12:08 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Amid Controversy, New KanCare Inspector General Awaits Confirmation From State Senate

The state’s new inspector general for KanCare can’t conduct oversight work until he is confirmed by the Kansas Senate, which isn’t in session.

Phil Hermanson began work in April as inspector general. His job is to identify fraud in the state’s new privately-run Medicaid system known as KanCare.

The former Kansas House member has no investigatory or auditing expertise, a DUI conviction and business bankruptcy, and personal finance and campaign ethics problems.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says Hermanson is technically only "acting" inspector general until he is confirmed. Sara Belfry says he can be involved in training programs, but cannot conduct oversight work.

An interim Senate committee could take up Hermanson's appointment, although no hearing has been set.