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New Law Will Help Create Job Opportunities For Disabled Kansans

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday signed into law a bill that will create jobs for Kansans with disabilities.

House Bill 2453 will give preference for state contracts to businesses that meet specific criteria, including employing at least 20 percent of full-time workers in Kansas with disabilities.

Companies must also do the majority of their business in Kansas and pay at least 75 percent of the total health insurance premium cost for their employees.

Preference will be awarded to those companies that meet all criteria and produce bids that are no more than 10 percent higher than the most competitive bid.

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D gained legislative support for the bill and said the bill build paths to independence for persons with disabilities that do not exist today.

“When we traveled throughout Kansas listening to Kansans’ ideas on Medicaid reform, one consistent theme was the need for more work opportunities for persons with disabilities. Studies consistently show that those with disabilities who work lead happier and healthier lives,” said Colyer.

“HB 2453 and other disability employment initiatives will assist in supporting Kansans with disabilities to live more productive, healthier, and independent lives.”