Senate must confirm new KanCare inspector

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state’s new inspector general for its privatized Medicaid program can’t conduct oversight work until he is confirmed by the Kansas Senate, which isn’t in session.

Phil Hermanson began work in April as inspector general, charged with identifying fraud in the state’s Medicaid system known as KanCare. The former Kansas House member has no investigatory or auditing expertise, a DUI conviction and business bankruptcy, and personal finance and campaign ethics problems.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says Hermanson is technically only “acting” inspector general until he is confirmed. Sara Belfry says he can be involved in training programs, but cannot conduct oversight work.

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