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Kansas getting insurance exchange grant

Kansas is receiving a $31.5 million federal grant to help create an exchange where individuals and businesses can compare and purchase health insurance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. Kansas is one of seven states receiving the "early innovator" grants. Kansas' grant application was jeopardized when Gov. Sam Brownback signed a letter last week threatening to back out and make HHS create and operate the exchange. He also issued an executive order that appeared to remove authority for the exchange from the Kansas insurance commissioner. But, fortunately, those concerns and missteps were resolved and the grant came through.