Volume 41 - Issue 22 - June 2, 2022
State of Kansas
Office of the Governor
Message from the Governor Regarding Veto of House Bill 2387
Having a transparent, competitive bidding process is key to ensuring that our state contracts provide the most value to Kansas taxpayers while using the latest technology and best practices. This is not only good for the State of Kansas, but also for our current MCOs and the people they serve.
The language included in HB 2387 regarding the current MCO contracts is a product of closed-door dealings to push legislation that did not have a single proponent. There is little question that this effort is fraught with legal issues and jeopardizes our Medicaid program. HB 2387 prohibits the state Medicaid agency from pursuing the state’s independent procurement process and, by doing so, functionally provides the current MCOs with a no-bid, multi-billion-dollar contract.
We must favor transparency and fair competition over attempts to re-insert corruption into the state contracting process.
Therefore, under Article 2, Section 14(a) of the Constitution, I hereby veto HB 2387.
Dated May 13, 2022.
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