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Kansas Senate recommends Medicaid inspector general

October 9, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative committee recommended that the full Senate confirm a new inspector general for the state’s Medicaid program.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that if Sarah Fertig is confirmed, it would end four years without independent oversight of the state’s $3 billion program, which serves 400,000 people.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt nominated Fertig in January after the 2017 Legislature moved the inspector general’s position from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to the attorney general’s office.

Former Gov. Sam Brownback’s refused to fill the inspector general position at the health department or use agency resources to examine Medicaid delivery.

Fertig, of Lawrence, has been an assistant attorney general for seven years.

The Senate committee’s vote Tuesday allows Fertig to begin working pending a final vote by the Senate in 2019.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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