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July 9, 2012
TOPEKA Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is scheduled to testify to a U.S. House subcommittee on Tuesday, administration officials said today.
Colyer, a plastic surgeon, is scheduled to talk about the impact of the federal health reform law on physicians and patients. He also will describe the efforts by the Republican administration of Gov. Sam Brownback to remake the Kansas Medicaid program.
Colyer is scheduled to appear before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives.
The title of the hearing, according to the committee's website, is "Examining the Impact of Obamacare on Doctors and Patients."
The full House panel, also known as the House "watchdog" committee, is chaired by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican who represents California's 49th Congressional District. The chairman of the subcommittee is U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican.
Colyer's prepared remarks were posted on the committee's website today ahead of the hearing.
In his testimony, he called for repeal of the Affordable Care Act and included many comments familiar to those who have heard him speak on the topic at the Kansas Statehouse or at other venues, including a comparison of the federal health reform to the former Soviet military, which he was once studied as a defense analyst.
"I never imagined I would relive Soviet-style economics as a surgeon, patient or policy maker in Kansas in the next millenium," Colyer said in this testimony.
He also described his views on the Medicaid makeover being pursued by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback. Colyer has been point man for the initiative, which is called KanCare.
He commented on the state's pending application for a so-called Section 1115 Medicaid waiver from federal authorities in order to implement KanCare but said Kansas also would like to receive a "global waiver" from federal Medicaid rules or a "per capita block grant tied to health outcomes" in order to shape the program in ways that would best meet the needs of Kansans.
"We have indicated our intention to pursue that after the first track has been implemented," Colyer said.
Others scheduled to speak Tuesday are:
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Central time.
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