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How the federal health care law will affect Kansas

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013
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What has the state done about an exchange?

In 2011, pressure from conservative GOP lawmakers prompted Brownback to reject nearly $32 million in federal funds for building the computer infrastructure. The governor declared in November that Kansas would not form a partnership with the federal government.

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So Kansas will have no role in the exchange?

The state isn't likely to escape all involvement, according to the state Insurance Department.

The department expects to pass judgment on whether companies that want to sell insurance through the exchange are qualified to do so, whether the federal government has its own review. And it expects to handle consumer complaints.

The department is led by elected Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a moderate Republican who has been at odds with Brownback over state involvement in the exchange.