11:11 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Kansas Is Having Trouble Contacting Thousands Of People Waiting On A Disability List

State officials’ efforts to start providing services to Kansans with physical disabilities have hit a snag.

The state is having trouble contacting thousands of people who have been on the services waiting list.

People on the waiting list who haven’t been contacted by the state, or those who know of others in that situation, can call the Kansas Department of Disability Services at (785) 368-6246.

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7:09 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Is Kansas Short-Changing The Disabled?

A Kansas advocacy group says the state has failed to comply with targets for delivering services to developmentally disabled people for years.

The Disability Rights Center says 3,300 developmentally disabled Kansans who qualify for Medicaid services continue to be denied aid.

The DRC says number of vacancies has grown each of the past four years.

And these vacancies have contributed to people having to wait up to five years to start receiving home- and community-based aid.

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7:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Grants To Help Disabled Kansas Job Seekers Awarded

The first grants under a United Healthcare initiative to help disabled Kansas job seekers are going to groups with a collective presence across the state.

The health insurer said Friday it will provide $1.5 million in "Empower Kansas" grants over the next three years to community groups. The first five recipients were announced at a news conference in Overland Park.

The Wichita-based Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation is getting the largest grant, at nearly $116,000. The Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization was awarded $9,000.

7:19 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Brownback To Discuss Waiting List For Disabled

Gov. Brownback has scheduled a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Topeka, with Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer.

They will talk about shrinking waiting lists for disabled Kansas residents who are seeking in-home services.

Colyer is a surgeon who led the overhaul of the state's Medicaid program, which covers health care for the needy and disabled.

Kansas turned over administration of most of the Medicaid program to three private health insurance companies at the beginning of the year.

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7:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

What KanCare Could Do For Thousands On The Disability Waiting List

Oscar Vaquera-Linke drinks a high-protein smoothie for breakfast. His mother Angelina says the protein helps him focus.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Kansas continues to have a lengthy waiting list for services for people with disabilities, but advocates are hoping the list will be addressed thanks to a clause in KanCare that earmarks savings for disability services.

According to the last report issued in May 2012 by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, 4,994 Kansans with developmental disabilities were on a waiting list for services, and some have been waiting for more than eight years. They’re waiting for services like residential and employment support, respite care and personal assistance.

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6:08 am
Mon February 11, 2013

KanCare To Offer Disability Support Services March 1

Chad Simmons attending a Statehouse rally last April to urge lawmakers to omit services for the developmentally disabled in KanCare.
Credit Phil Cauthon

Kansans with developmental disabilities and their caregivers have been among the most vocal critics of the new privatized Medicaid system.

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5:42 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Top Morning News 2.11.13

Bill would limit union access to teachers; KanCare to start trial for developmentally disabled; 19 Kansas murderers paroled.

Bill Seeks Equal Kansas Teacher Union Access

A Kansas House committee will hear testimony Monday on legislation that guarantees all teachers' unions equal access to public school employees.

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5:43 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Kansas Validates 2,200 On Physical Disability Waiting List

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State officials say the actual number of physically-disabled Kansans legitimately in line for home and community-based Services is about 2,200.

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5:40 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Top Morning News 11.06.12

Polls are open for election day 2012; State revenues are expected to be forecast today; Kansas officials say there are 2,200 people on waiting list for disability services.

In Sedgwick County, the polls are open for General Election Day - the polls will be open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Every voter must now show a photo ID when voting . Advance ballots must be in the Election Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday night. For more information, or to look up your assigned polling location, go to sedgwickcounty.org/elections

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6:02 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KS Officials To Discuss Disabled Waiting List

Two top officials in Governor Sam Brownback's administration are preparing to make an announcement about the waiting list faced by hundreds of physically disabled Kansans seeking in-home services.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan have planned a Statehouse news conference Monday. The administration didn't provide details before the event.

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