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.
(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)