Kansas lawmakers pass bill to allow Farm Bureau health plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas have pushed through a measure allowing the state Farm Bureau to offer health coverage that doesn’t satisfy federal Affordable Care Act mandates.

The Kansas House approved a bill on an 84-39 vote that would exempt health coverage offered by the Farm Bureau from state insurance regulation. Supporters anticipate that the nonprofit group could offer lower-cost products to thousands of individuals.

The Senate approved the bill Thursday on a 28-12 vote and it goes next to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.

The bill had overwhelming support from GOP legislators and faced strong opposition from Democrats. Kelly hasn’t taken a public position on it.

The Kansas proposal is patterned after a Tennessee law in place for decades, and Iowa enacted its own law last year.

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