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Democrats Push For Review Of Medicaid Contracts

Two Democrats in the Kansas Legislature want it to investigate how Republican Governor Sam Brownback's administration awarded contracts to private companies to manage the state's Medicaid program.

Senator Laura Kelly of Topeka and Representative Jim Ward of Wichita had a Statehouse news conference yesterday to call on legislative leaders to authorize an investigation.

However, Senate President Susan Wagle called the move an attempt to distort the truth ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Wagle says the process for awarding the contracts was transparent.

Brownback's administration awarded the management contracts in 2012 to Kansas subsidiaries of Virginia-based Amerigroup, St. Louis-based Centene Corporation, and Minnesota-based United Healthcare.

The $3 billion-a-year program covers health care for poor and disabled Kansans.