Praeger urges defeat of health care compact bill

FILE - In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger speaks in Topeka, Kansas.  (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
FILE - In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger speaks in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

TOPEKA, Kansa (AP) – Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says a state House bill aimed at allowing Kansas to opt out of the federal health care overhaul could jeopardize Medicare funding for seniors.

The bill would allow Kansas to join a compact of states to take control of health care policy within their borders. The measure is before the full House and is backed by the Kansas Chamber and Republican elected officials critical of the Affordable Care Act.

Praeger says House Bill 2553 would place federal funding for all health care services and health plans under the control of the Kansas Legislature and governor.

She says that if state revenues then fall short the funds for Medicare and other health programs could be used to support other state functions.

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