Kansas secretary of state seeks approval of health compact

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas secretary of state has written members of Congress urging them to affirm a health care compact he says would give states a way to exempt themselves from the federal Affordable Care Act.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Kobach said Monday in the letter to 94 Republicans in Congress that authorization of the interstate coalition on health care would give those states authority to regulate health care within their borders and to administer their federal health care funds.

In 2014, Kansas lawmakers approved a bill to join such a compact. But it requires congressional approval to take effect.

Critics say the plan could jeopardize the health care of people who receive other forms of federal health care benefits, including more than 450,000 seniors in Kansas on Medicare.

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