Kansas established a state health authority to put seven state healthcare programs, including those for low-income residents and state employees, under a single agency to aggregate their purchasing power. The Kansas Health Authority will become active July 1 and will begin oversight of the seven programs one year later. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed a broader set of healthcare initiatives in November 2004. Some of those proposals have become law through other bills, including establishment of a prescription-drug buying program and a Cost Containment Commission to streamline paperwork between hospitals, insurers and physicians. -- by Vince Galloro
Kan. to aggregate state health programs' buying power
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