Medicaid http://kmuw.org en White House Study: Medicaid Non-Participation Costs KS http://kmuw.org/post/white-house-study-medicaid-non-participation-costs-ks <p>A new <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/missed_opportunities_medicaid.pdf">study by the White House Council of Economic Advisors</a> says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars, and thousands of jobs.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:36:10 +0000 Bryan Thompson 37780 at http://kmuw.org 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 Kansas Medicaid Contractors Losing Money http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-medicaid-contractors-losing-money <p>The three private companies contracted to manage Medicaid services through KanCare lost money in the program's first year. That's according to a report released this week.</p><p>The total losses between the companies come to more than $100 million. Representative Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, is concerned that could lead to cost increases, service reductions or the companies eventually pulling out of the program altogether.</p><p>"Will they leave?" Ward asks. "And if they do leave, what impact will that have on the people who depend on Medicaid for services?"</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:23:21 +0000 Stephen Koranda 33775 at http://kmuw.org Attorney General Derek Schmidt Seeks Stronger Penalties For Medicaid Fraud http://kmuw.org/post/attorney-general-derek-schmidt-seeks-stronger-penalties-medicaid-fraud <p>Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he will ask Kansas legislators to strengthen the state's penalties for Medicaid fraud.</p><p>Schmidt outlined his proposal on Thursday during a stop in Wichita.</p><p>He says his office gained 15 criminal convictions and recovered $33.7 million dollars in the latest fiscal year from people guilty of defrauding the program.</p><p>Schmidt is proposing higher fines for the crime.</p><p>He also wants people convicted of Medicaid fraud to serve prison time instead of the current sentence of probation.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:20:20 +0000 Associated Press 28732 at http://kmuw.org National Council On Disability Studies Kansas Policies http://kmuw.org/post/national-council-disability-studies-kansas-policies <p>A federal board that studies disability issues has been meeting in Topeka.</p><p>The National Council on Disability advises Congress and the president on matters affecting Americans with disabilities.</p><p>Gary Blumenthal is a member of the council and a former Kansas legislator. He says the group chose to meet in Kansas because of policies affecting people with disabilities, like the state's overhauled Medicaid program now managed by private companies.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:57:55 +0000 Stephen Koranda 27225 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 Advocates Ready To Push For Medicaid Expansion http://kmuw.org/post/advocates-ready-push-medicaid-expansion <p>A Kansas group is gearing up to push again for an expansion of the state's Medicaid program as encouraged by the federal health care overhaul, despite strong opposition from Republican legislators. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:47:01 +0000 Associated Press 26492 at http://kmuw.org Kan. Plans Events On Medicaid Changes For Disabled http://kmuw.org/post/kan-plans-events-medicaid-changes-disabled <p>Kansas officials have scheduled four meetings next week to discuss how people with disabilities will be affected when they're included in an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program.<br><br>The Department for Aging and Disability Services says the meetings are intended for physically and developmentally disabled Kansans, their families and groups that provided services. The sessions will give those parties a chance to ask questions about the overhaul.<br> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:47:37 +0000 Associated Press 23545 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