Kansas AG makes statement on conflicting health care employer mandate rulings

In the wake of two conflicting federal appeals court rulings today, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the state would continue with litigation as it goes forward to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Today’s rulings move this important legal dispute one step closer to final resolution. Our interest is to ensure the IRS follows the law and Kansas obtains the benefit it anticipated when state policy makers chose not to establish a state-run health insurance exchange,” Schmidt said in the statement. “Congress might not have expected so many states to decline to establish an exchange under the Affordable Care Act, but that misjudgment cannot justify allowing the IRS to effectively rewrite the statute to satisfy policy and political objectives. We will continue to represent the state’s interest as this litigation proceeds to its next stage, perhaps ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

In Halbig v. Burwell, No. 14-5018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the IRS rules implementing the federal subsidies and employer mandate in states that opted not to set up a state-based exchange. In King v. Burwell, No. 14-1158, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the same IRS rules.

Attorney General Schmidt led briefs in support of the plaintiffs in both cases in February. The plaintiffs in the Halbig case included Community National Bank, based in Seneca.

Former Chiefs quarterback to appear at play performance

Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green is scheduled to be a VIP master of ceremonies at the Theater in the Park performance of “Tom Sawyer” on Wednesday, July 23.

The performance is at 8:30 p.m., with Green’s appearance at 7 p.m. to sign autographs.

The play is based on Mark Twain’s classic book set in the 1840s in small-town Missouri.

The Trent Green Family Foundation is one of the creators of the HIKE program, which enhances reading skills among low-income children.

The theater is in Shawnee Mission Park at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. For more information, including directions, visit www.theatreinthepark.org.

School supply drive planned for children in foster care

A school supply drive for Wyandotte County children in foster care will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Walmart, 10824 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

KVC is holding the school supply drive for 527 children in Wyandotte County foster care, said Bryan Drescher, a community resource specialist with KVC.

There will be a flier available at the location with school supply lists for each grade, he said.

Anyone with questions may call Drescher at 913-890-2207.