Audit To Examine Kansas Services For Disabled

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas legislative committee has launched an audit into potential problems in the state's delivery of services to the developmentally disabled.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley sees the review as retaliation against groups critical of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Top Republicans deny it.

The audit approved Tuesday by the Post Audit Committee will examine whether conflicts of interest exist in having 27 regional groups act as gatekeepers for developmentally disabled Kansans seeking state-funded services. Some critics of the system have noted that the regional groups can compete with local service providers.

Some of the groups have been vocal critics of Brownback's decision to turn the administration of the state's Medicaid program over to three private health insurance companies.