Kan. gov on tap for HHS as Medicaid debate swirls

As Gov. Kathleen Sebelius waits to be
confirmed as U.S. secretary of health and human services, a debate
is swirling in Kansas around the state

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius delivers the Democratic response to the State of the Union, Jan. 28, 2008. (CBS)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ As Gov. Kathleen Sebelius waits to be
confirmed as U.S. secretary of health and human services, a debate
is swirling in Kansas around the state's Medicaid program.
That debate is about whether the Kansas Health Policy Authority
is equipped to combat potential problems in the program.
A 2007 law created an inspector general's office in the
authority. But now legislators are debating whether that office
should be moved.
The first inspector general, Robin Kempf, left the job in
October and recently told legislators that she felt KHPA officials
hindered her work. KHPA officials say they're committed to
combatting any potential problems.
And Sebelius spokeswoman Beth Martino says if a closer look at
how the inspector general is working is needed, the governor
supports the effort.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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