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.
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.
"Will they leave?" Ward asks. "And if they do leave, what impact will that have on the people who depend on Medicaid for services?"
Some controversial social media rules for state university employees are getting a review from the Kansas Board of Regents. But for now, regents are standing by the main tenets of the policy.
Employees can be disciplined or fired for social media posts that violate the rules, including statements judged not to be in the best interest of a university or that interfere with a university's operation.
A Board of Regents committee on Wednesday rejected a recommendation to simply scale back the scope of the policy. Regent Fred Logan says the policy is carefully written.
Governor Sam Brownback will be visiting universities in Kansas on Monday.
Eileen Hawley, a Brownback spokesperson, says he’ll be meeting with university officials and talking about the importance of higher education in the state.
"The universities help drive the economy," Hawley says. "They provide a highly skilled work force and they create the next generations of teachers, doctors and business people so its really important for us to invest and have a good vision for higher education in Kansas. "