Affordable Care Act

10:32 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Journalist Sarah Kliff Comes To Wichita To Discuss The Affordable Care Act

A journalist who has covered the health reform debate for several national publications will be in Wichita next Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act and the issue surrounding it.

Sarah Kliff worked for Politico and the Washington Post before recently moving to the new media venture

Jim McClean talked with Kliff recently and has this preview...

Kliff will be speaking next Wednesday afternoon at Wichita’s Old Town Hotel.

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10:23 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Washington Post Rates Huelskamp's ACA Claim A 'Whopper'

Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp speaks at a town hall meeting in Salina on April 14th, 2014
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A Washington Post blog called “The Fact Checker” gives a “Four Pinocchios” rating to recent claims by Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act

The rating is based on statements Huelskamp made during recent town hall meetings in Hays and Salina, when he was asked about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

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10:06 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Study: Medicaid Expansion Would Help Low-Income Workers and Boost Kansas Economy

Another new study says that expanding Medicaid would help low-income workers in Kansas and boost the state’s economy.

This latest study comes from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more.

The Medicaid expansion study was funded in part by a consortium of Kansas health foundations, some of which also provide support to the KHI News Service.

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10:38 am
Wed April 16, 2014

State AARP Urges Brownback To Veto Health Compact Bill

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger joined representatives of AARP and other consumer groups at a Statehouse press conference urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill aimed at freeing Kansas and other states from federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. Praeger said if Brownback signs the bill it could be a bad political move given the popularity of the Medicare program with Kansas seniors.
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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.

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.

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10:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Kansas Senate Considers State Health Care Compact

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.

If Senators pass the bill today, it will go to Governor Sam Brownback.

The House approved it last month.

If the U.S. Congress consents, the compact lets participating states remove themselves from all federal health regulations.

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10:17 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kansas Healthcare Navigators Slammed With Requests Ahead Of ACA Deadline

Consumers and health care counselors struggled through problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace on Monday.

They were hit with a crush of late requests from Kansans trying to sign up for health coverage by the deadline.

The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved trained most of the state's 170 or so health care counselors, or navigators.

The non-profit group reported that their schedules were packed with appointments ahead of the deadline.

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11:19 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas House Passes Compact In Effort To Move Away From Federal Health Care

The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow Kansas to join several other states in an effort to take control of health care programs away from the federal government.

The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Brett Hildabrand.

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10:49 am
Thu March 20, 2014

State House Debates Legislature To Exempt Kansas From The Affordable Care Act

The state House will soon debate whether Kansas should join a compact of states seeking to exempt themselves from the federal health care law.

The bill on today's agenda would also let participating states remove themselves from other federal health regulations if Congress consents.

Critics call the measure symbolic and say Congress wouldn't approve such a compact.

10:08 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Senate Approves Regulation For Health Care Navigators

The Senate has also approved regulations for counselors who help people navigate the online insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

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.

The attorney general's office also will handle complaints about navigators.

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