Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback decided against implementing a state-based health insurance exchange in the wake of the presidential elections, but has not yet indicated whether he will support the Medicaid expansion required by President Obama’s law.
Brownback notified Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger that he would not support creating a state-based exchange or a state-federal “hybrid” exchange. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the hybrid model for exchanges, which have more shared responsibilities, through rulemaking in the wake of pushback from the states.
“Kansans feel Obamacare is an overreach by Washington,” Brownback said in a statement released to the press, “and have rejected the