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National Council On Disability Studies Kansas Policies

A federal board that studies disability issues has been meeting in Topeka.

The National Council on Disability advises Congress and the president on matters affecting Americans with disabilities.

Gary Blumenthal is a member of the council and a former Kansas legislator. He says the group chose to meet in Kansas because of policies affecting people with disabilities, like the state's overhauled Medicaid program now managed by private companies.

“I think a lot of eyes are focused on Kansas as a model that is moving at a fast pace, while other states are moving incrementally,” Blumenthal says.

Blumenthal says board members will be reviewing the information and issuing recommendations on the Kansas policies for Congress and other states.