Critics Question Kansas Nursing Oversight Choice

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Advocates for the elderly are taking exception with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's choice to be the state's long-term care ombudsman, raising concerns that consumers' best interest will be ignored.

The Kansas City Star reports that advocates are taking issue with Brownback's selection of Barbara Hickert as long-term care ombudsman. She's the third person coming from the nursing home industry to hold the post. Her appointment follows similar selections by Democratic governors Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson.

Spokesmen for the governor and nursing home industry say the concerns are unfounded. They say Brownback's choices to run key state agencies have the experience to protect nursing home residents.

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