KDP Weekly Rundown #21

Friday, August 9, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government. What are we focused on this week? Demofest, Medicaid and more!

DEMOFEST

  • What’s happening?

Demofest starts today! Our keynote speaker is New York Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Grace Meng. You can find details and view the schedule here. We have very few tickets left, but you can still purchase tickets online.

AETNA CALLED OUT FOR POOR MEDICAID PERFORMANCE

  • What’s happening?

State officials sent a letter last week to Kansas Medicaid administrator Aetna warning that its contract could be terminated. Following months of complaints about the provider, Kansas Department of Health and Environment declared that Aetna has failed to meet contract performance standards. The company has until next Wednesday to put forward a plan to address complaints about the system. Barring an agreement, the letter declares the state “may seek any and all remedies available under the contract.”

KANSAS-MISSOURI BORDER WAR TRUCE FINALIZED

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Laura Kelly ended incentives for Kansas City area companies who move across the state border last Friday. “Since taking office, my team and I have done the work and put in the time with our Missouri counterparts to end this senseless back-and-forth. This Executive Order represents the results of that hard work and the hard work yet to come in my administration,” Kelly said in a statement. Missouri Governor Mike Parsons signed a similar executive order in June.

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