Archive for Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Statehouse briefing: Children dropping from Kansas Medicaid rolls

March 13, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(Kansas Health Institute News Service) Kansas problems in Medicaid enrollment greater than other states: Since last July, 20,000 Kansans - children, mostly - have fallen from the state's Medicaid rolls. In Missouri, only 69 children have been dropped from the state's Medicaid rolls since last July. Nebraska has lost fewer than 600. Iowa officials figure they've lost around 6,000 children - more than Nebraska and Missouri, but considerably less than Kansas.

(AP) Coalition urges casino gambling: Even before its bill is out of committee, a coalition of gambling supporters is pushing to change the legislation to focus more on casinos than slot machines at pari-mutuel racetracks.

(LJW) Sebelius supports KUMC affiliation: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday said lawmakers shouldn't interfere with the affiliation proposal between Kansas University Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital.

(LJW) Business seeks tax cuts: Flush with surging tax revenues, Kansas legislators are bound and determined to hand out tax relief. But who will get the tax breaks? So far, business is good for business.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Business flexes muscle in benefits vote: Business lobbyists showcased their influence Monday by convincing a dozen House Republicans to abandon support for an amendment aimed at getting unemployment benefits to eligible Kansans quicker.

(KTKA) Impasse over jobless benefits bill: It's all over a bill that deals with employer tax breaks. It was passed by both the House and Senate, but in different versions. The House version would also get unemployment benefits out to laid-off Kansans faster. So it went to conference committee, but the members of the committee couldn't agree, so they sent the bill back to both houses.

(Harris News Service) Counties join forces to lure industry: A group of southwest counties are asking the Legislature to let them jointly offer tax breaks as they work together to recruit industry.

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