Kansas Health Board Member Drops Bid for 2nd Term

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A member of the Kansas Health Policy Authority's board of directors has withdrawn from consideration for a second term.

He is Ned Holland Jr., of Overland Park. He also is senior vice president of human resources and communications for the Overland Park-based telecommunications company Embarq Corp.

Holland has cited personal and professional reasons for withdrawing from consideration for a second term.

He was an appointee of Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican. A spokeswoman said Tuesday that Morris has no timetable for naming a successor.

Holland has served as one of nine voting members of the Health Policy Authority's board since its creation in 2005.

The authority drafts recommendations for health reforms and administers some state programs, including the bulk of the Medicaid program.

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

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