- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Two Democrats in the Kansas Legislature want it to investigate how Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration awarded contracts to private companies to manage the state’s Medicaid program.

Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka and Rep. Jim Ward of Wichita had a Statehouse news conference Monday to call on legislative leaders to authorize an investigation.

But Senate President and Wichita Republican Susan Wagle called the Democrats’ call for an investigation an attempt to distort the truth ahead of the Nov. 4 election. She said the process for awarding the contracts was transparent.

Brownback’s administration awarded the management contracts in 2012 to Kansas subsidiaries of Virginia-based Amerigroup, St. Louis-based Centene Corp., and Minnesota-based United Healthcare. The $3 billion-a-year program covers health care for the poor and disabled.

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