KanCare http://kmuw.org en Amid Controversy, New KanCare Inspector General Awaits Confirmation From State Senate http://kmuw.org/post/amid-controversy-new-kancare-inspector-general-awaits-confirmation-state-senate <p>The state’s new inspector general for KanCare can’t conduct oversight work until he is confirmed by the Kansas Senate, which isn’t in session.</p><p>Phil Hermanson began work in April as inspector general. His job is to identify fraud in the state’s new privately-run Medicaid system known as KanCare.</p><p>The former Kansas House member has no investigatory or auditing expertise, a DUI conviction and business bankruptcy, and personal finance and campaign ethics problems.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:08:39 +0000 Associated Press 35580 at http://kmuw.org Controversy Surrounds Appointment Of Former Legislator To KanCare Job http://kmuw.org/post/controversy-surrounds-appointment-former-legislator-kancare-job <p></p><p>Questions are being raised about a former legislator’s credentials for a top job in the Brownback administration. Jim McClean of the KHI News Service has details.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Jim McClean 35395 at http://kmuw.org Controversy Surrounds Appointment Of Former Legislator To KanCare Job Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better http://kmuw.org/post/governor-brownback-unveils-plan-improve-mental-health-care-some-say-he-could-do-better <p>Gov. &nbsp;Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, <a href="http://www.governor.ks.gov/media-room/media-releases/2014/05/27/governor-sam-brownback-announces-programs-to-strengthen-mental-health-delivery-in-the-state">among other things.&nbsp;</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:54:08 +0000 Kate Clause & Jim McClean 35123 at http://kmuw.org Legislative Oversight Committee To Review KanCare System http://kmuw.org/post/legislative-oversight-committee-review-kancare-system <p>A Kansas legislative oversight committee is holding a daylong hearing to review the state’s KanCare system that provides Medicaid to poor, elderly and disabled Kansans.</p><p>The committee meeting this morning includes a discussion of the state’s waiting lists for people seeking home and community-based services, as well as recent estimates for demand for those services over the next 18 months.</p><p>Kansas privatized the program in 2013 to reduce the growth of health care costs, which are shared by state and federal sources.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:25:02 +0000 Associated Press 33723 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Dentists Say KanCare Reimbursement Rates Are Too Low http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-dentists-say-kancare-reimbursement-rates-are-too-low <p>Some Kansas dentists say low reimbursement rates and slow KanCare claims processing are keeping them from accepting new patients covered by the state's managed care program.</p><p>Manhattan dentist E. Hamrick Swan Jr. says the reimbursement rate for KanCare patients is about 40 percent of his fee.</p><p>While he still takes KanCare patients, he said he has to limit the number of new ones he can accept.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Kansas Department of Health and Environment's health programs says last year's switch to KanCare included a requirement that rates couldn't fall below 2012 levels.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:00:47 +0000 Associated Press 30358 at http://kmuw.org Delay Urged For Moving Developmentally Disabled Kansans Into KanCare http://kmuw.org/post/delay-urged-moving-developmentally-disabled-kansans-kancare <p></p><p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:23:55 +0000 Jim McLean 27755 at http://kmuw.org Oversight Committee Hears Status Update On Medicaid Changes, State Insurance Exchange http://kmuw.org/post/oversight-committee-hears-status-update-medicaid-changes-state-insurance-exchange <p>A legislative oversight committee is meeting on Monday to hear a status report on changes made to the state's Medicaid program.</p><p>The state contracted with three private managed-care organizations earlier this year; they administer Medicaid programs for the poor, elderly, and disabled.</p><p>The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight will hear from groups that represent developmentally disabled and community-based service providers.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:54:28 +0000 Associated Press 26751 at http://kmuw.org Colyer Says KanCare Will Achieve Promised Savings http://kmuw.org/post/colyer-says-kancare-will-achieve-promised-savings <p>Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer says the state's new Medicaid managed care program will deliver on its promise to save $1 billion over five years.</p><p>Colyer says the three private insurance companies managing the KanCare program will achieve those savings because their bottom lines depend on it.</p><p>"And the big stick in this is, we're going to hold back half a billion dollars from the insurers over the next five years," Colyer says.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:13:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 23362 at http://kmuw.org KanCare Recipients Need To Watch Their Mailboxes Soon http://kmuw.org/post/kancare-recipients-need-watch-their-mailboxes-soon <p>KanCare beneficiaries can expect to receive an important mailing in the next few days.</p><p>The Affordable Care Act makes some changes that will require them to provide additional information about their households.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mailing is going out to 130,000 households that include children and pregnant women who are </span>KanCare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, formerly known as Medicaid, beneficiaries.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:24:51 +0000 Bryan Thompson 21160 at http://kmuw.org A Look At KanCare's First Three Months http://kmuw.org/post/look-kancares-first-three-months <p>State officials have submitted their first quarterly update on KanCare to the federal government.</p><p>The federal waiver that gives Kansas the authority to experiment with its Medicaid program by privatizing the entire system requires a progress report four times a year.</p><p>The first report covers the period from January 1 through March 31.</p><p>It shows that a total of more than 344,000&nbsp;Kansans enrolled in KanCare during the first three months. At the end of March, however, there were fewer than 324,000, a drop of more than 20,000 people.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:39:01 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19344 at http://kmuw.org