Jerry Moran

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Kansas Senator Jerry Moran has what amounts to a running feud going with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He says the agency is dragging its feet implementing a new law that’s designed to help veterans in rural areas get the care they need.  The new secretary of the VA – Robert McDonald – says Moran’s claims are baseless. We have two reports this morning, the first from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service, who recently sat down with Moran in his Capitol Hill office.

Moran tangles with VA secretary over program for rural veterans

Millions of veterans nationwide now have a card that's supposed to improve their access to health care.  But, there are doubts about whether the VA is really serious about the new Veterans Choice program.

The Choice program is meant to let veterans get care from private providers if they live at least 40 miles from a VA healthcare facility, or if they face longer than a 30-day wait for an appointment. At a recent hearing, Kansas Senator Jerry Moran told Secretary Robert McDonald the VA seems to be putting its own welfare ahead of what’s best for veterans. 

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Kansas was one of 18 states that sided with Hobby Lobby in the court battle over opting out of the inclusion of contraceptives in their insurance coverage.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby saying certain employers can opt out of including contraceptives in their insurance because of religious beliefs.  The reaction in Kansas followed predictable ideological lines reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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Mike Pompeo is supporting legislation for government safety inspections of natural gas storage fields.  The bill was introduced by Pat Roberts,R-Dodge City, and Jerry Moran, R-Hays in April.  It would allow the Kansas Corporation Commission to resume inspections.