Measure Aims to Cut Kansas Out of Health Overhaul

Conservative Republican state officials who oppose the federal health care overhaul told Kansas legislators Tuesday that they can position the state to opt out of its requirements.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach and two GOP legislators urged the House Federal and State Affairs Committee Tuesday to pass a bill bringing Kansas into a compact among states to assert control over health care policy within their borders. The committee could vote on the measure later this week.

Strong GOP antipathy toward the Democratic president's signature domestic policy has kept the state from expanding its Medicaid program as encouraged by the overhaul and led Kansas to forgo creating its own online health insurance marketplace. The bill is a step toward allowing states to claim a blanket exemption from all federal health care laws, and it's being pursued by opponents of the federal health overhaul across the nation.

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Source: Kansas City Star

Conservative Republican state officials who oppose the federal health care overhaul told Kansas legislators Tuesday that they can position the state to opt out of its requirements.