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Kansas officials ponder next health care step

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, R (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, R (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are considering their next steps to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) now that the presidential election has been decided and deadlines are looming.

The state has until Nov. 16 to tell the federal government whether it wants to be a partner in creating an online health insurance marketplace. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's office is preparing a partnership application and will seek grant money to implement the exchange.

Those victories were followed by more wins by conservatives in the August primary and on Tuesday, which marked defeats of moderate Senate Republican incumbents who opposed a measure to amend the Kansas Constitution granting so-called health care freedom choices to residents.

"The people of Kansas have spoken loudly three times, they want us to pursue Kansas solutions," Jones-Sontag said. "We are discussing options and alternatives with like-minded states and with our legislative partners in Kansas."

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