House Committee Approves Health Care Bill

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas House committee is endorsing a health care bill after rejecting several proposals backed by Governor Sebelius.

The Health and Human Service Committee's 10-9 vote Friday sends the bill to the House for debate, which is expected Tuesday.

Sebelius and her fellow Democrats criticized the measure. They
don't believe it's sweeping enough.

She backed a plan from the Kansas Health Policy Authority that would phase in a $227 million increase in spending on health programs over five years. Most of the money would have provided subsidies to help poor families buy insurance.

The House committee's bill contains a mix of policies. The biggest initiative would give income tax credits to families earning less than $60,000 a year if they purchase health insurance. The credit would be worth up to $1,200 a year. Backers of the plan believe it would provide $8 million in relief over three years.

In a news conference, Sebelius said the committee appears to be taking the KHPA's recommendations off the table. She says that's ignoring all the work and effort they put in.