Lots of Kansas experience at forefront on Obamacare

As the Hill newspaper’s Healthwatch blog identified “10 to watch on Obamacare rollout,” Kansas was represented by more than the obvious name, former governor and current Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The list of key players in the private and public sectors included Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger (in photo), because she leads the health insurance committee at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. That job gives “her a front-row seat as states grapple with predictions of ‘rate shock’ under ObamaCare,” the blog said. Also in the top 10: Andy Allison, who directed the now-defunct Kansas Health Policy Authority and now heads Arkansas’ Medicaid program. “Allison has been called a visionary for his role in a proposal to use funding from ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion to finance the purchase of private coverage for low-income people on the state’s insurance exchange. The plan is seen as a possible red-state alternative to the expansion and has been approved both by federal health officials and the Arkansas state legislature.”