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Kan. leaders to have Medicaid oversight panel meet

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- After some hesitation from a top Republican, Kansas legislative leaders have decided that a committee monitoring the state's overhaul of its Medicaid program will have two days of meetings later this year.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/13lbaCo ) that Senate President Susan Wagle said this week that she wanted to hear from the leaders of the House and Senate health committees before committing to meetings of the oversight committee.

Medicaid covers medical services for the needy and disabled. Gov. Sam Brownback turned over administration of most of the program this year to three private health insurance companies.

Democrats said during a meeting of legislative leaders that they thought oversight is important. Wagle and House Speaker Ray Merrick then agreed to the meetings.

Dates haven't been set.