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Suddenly no need for KanCare inspector general?

Just weeks after the Brownback administration said it needed to be able to pay a bigger salary to draw better applicants for the long-unfilled job of KanCare inspector general, the Senate unanimously voted this month to eliminate the job, sending Senate Bill 182 to a House committee. What’s more, Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, expressed confidence in the ability of the Kansas Eligibility Enforcement System to prevent fraud and abuse in the $3 billion KanCare program without such a watchdog – though a state audit recently found delays and cost overruns with that system, and there are ongoing reports of a KanCare application backlog, payment delays and other problems. Two years after Bill Gale left the job to lead the Wichita office of the Department for Children and Families, suddenly Kansas doesn’t need a KanCare inspector general at all? – Rhonda Holman