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Kansas won't halt Medicaid changes

Posted On Tue, January 31, 2012

Despite pressure from lawmakers, the state of Kansas does not plan to slow down the Medicaid changes which would switch the program over to private health insurers starting next year, according to The Associated Press.

The program, which is worth $2.9 billion, is supposed to offer contracts to a group of private insurance companies to oversee Medicaid in The Sunflower State. Beginning in 2013, the program would be taken over by the private companies and coverage would still be offered across the state, according to the news source. Around 380,000 people use the care each month. Governor Sam Brownback has spearheaded the changes, and his office has no plans to slow the process.

"We don't want to hurt Kansas patients," said Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer. "We want to make sure that they start getting the benefits now, and we're talking about tens of millions of dollars."

Consumers who may be uneasy about state-based changes in the public health insurance industry may want to try to see if there is a more affordable private option available. This could be accomplished by looking at health insurance quotes.

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