Insurance Commissioner urges health reform plans

The Associated Press

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits it would offer under federal health care reform.

During a meeting with health care officials on Wednesday, Praeger says if Kansas doesn't pick its own plan for a health insurance exchange, the federal government will make the decision for the state.

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, states have until Sept. 30 to decide what benefits will be included in a health insurance exchange.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( http://bit.ly/OSb7Vm) that Praeger says she will submit recommendations to Gov. Sam Brownback, who has to decide by Sept. 30. The governor is a vocal opponent of federal health care reform and has said he wants to see who wins the presidential election before making any decisions.

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Information from: Lawrence Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com