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KS pushes to be exempt from health law

The Kansas state Senate recently approved a bill that allows the state to enter into a compact with numerous other states. The compact of states is pushing to be excused from the federal healthcare law, according to The Associated Press.

The state’s House approved the measure at the end of March, reported. According to the AP, the state is now waiting for Gov. Sam Brownback to approve the bill, despite the governor previously indicating he might need additional information to make a decision on signing the bill.

The bill would allow Kansas to join eight other states in a compact to seek exemptions from the federal government’s healthcare law. The AP reported one state senator suggested the compact legislation would protect Kansas residents from the small “cabal” and the “real song and dance” that is the federal healthcare law.

According to the news source,’s rocky implementation in October 2013 confirmed some legislators’ fears that the Affordable Care Act could harm the economy. 

State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, said if the compact is a success, Kansas would once more be in control of its own healthcare, the AP reported.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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