What could be worse than having a wholly unqualified inspector general of KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid system? Having none at all. That’s been the situation for the past two years, since Bill Gale resigned to become director of the Wichita region for the Department for Children and Families. The Brownback administration’s preferred successor later bowed out after scrutiny of his qualifications. Lawmakers were told last week that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had increased the position’s potential salary in an attempt to draw better applicants. In the meantime, the need for a KanCare watchdog remains strong, as indicated by testimony to a legislative committee accusing KanCare’s three private insurers of systematically denying legitimate claims. – Rhonda Holman
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