KanCare inspector’s background scrutinized

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former lawmaker appointed to identify fraud in Kansas’ privatized Medicaid system has a background that doesn’t include a college degree or career experience in insurance, but does include a business bankruptcy and a DUI conviction.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Phil Hermanson, a Republican who resigned from the House in 2013, started as inspector general for the $3 billion-a-year KanCare health care network in April.

He declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1998 amid closure of his print company and pleaded pleaded no contest in 2010 to driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Hermanson says he’s learned from his mistakes. He says his preparation for the inspector general’s job came from time in the U.S. Navy and private business, as well as five years in the House.

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