Current Medicaid law lets some people in Medicaid get home and community-based services (HCBS) rather than having to go to a hospital, clinic or other institution. Understandably, it’s more attractive to patients, though not necessarily cheaper for taxpayers.

The Service Employees International Union, a union of government employees, is a big fan of ever-greater government involvement in health care, and understandably so: It gives them more opportunities to snag members and their dues.

The SEIU in Kansas has asked the state for the names and addresses of health care professionals who provide care under the state’s HCBS program. A state representative and Kansas Watchdog have some questions about the request, as well as the union’s relationship with former governor and now HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.

Cross-posted from State House Call.


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