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Kansas Lawmakers Asking For Review Of Federal Health Law

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A state representative from Wichita is leading an effort to urge Congress to reconsider the future of the federal health law.

Kansas Rep. Dan Hawkins of Wichita joined his colleague Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook of Shawnee in drafting a letter to Republican leaders in Congress.

The state lawmakers, who are the leaders of the Legislature's health committees, want Congress to re-examine the 2010 federal health care law after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a key provision over federal subsidies.

Their letter has the support of twenty-five other Republican state senators and 44 other GOP Kansas House members.

The nation's highest court is considering the legality of federal subsidies for consumers in states like Kansas that don't have their own online health insurance marketplaces.

A non-partisan organization called Families USA says 70,000 Kansans are at risk of losing the health tax credits.

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Credit familiesusa.org

This story originally ran June 22, 2015, during All Things Considered.

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