KanCare

Medicaid
5:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Advocates For Developmentally Disabled Rally Against KanCare

More than 1,000 advocates for the developmentally disabled are rallying at the Kansas Statehouse to urge officials to maintain the current system for providing services.

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Government
6:09 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Lawmakers Mulling Medicaid Expansion

Starting next year, states will be able to take part in a sweeping expansion of the health care program Medicaid, and the federal government will pick up most of the cost. But it's still not clear if that expansion will take place in Kansas, where the state's Medicaid program is known as KanCare. 

As Lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback consider the expansion, some Kansans are trying to make their voices heard.

THE PLIGHT OF MARI WHITE

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Health
6:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

KanCare Selection Period Ends Thursday

KanCare participants have until April 4 to select their insurance provider.
Credit KPR

The clock is ticking for the 380,000 Kansans whose health insurance comes through the Medicaid program now known as KanCare.

The KanCare program assigned each member to one of three private companies administering the benefits as of the first of the year. Members who prefer to switch to a different company have to do so no later than this Thursday.

At a recent educational meeting in Hays, KDHE policy and program analyst Effie Swanson said one reason to switch might be if your doctor is not signed up with your health plan’s network.

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News
5:35 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Top Morning News 4.1.13

Lawmakers look for final push as the 2013 legislative session winds down; Officials blame short revenue on Feds; KanCare selection period ends on Thursday.

Kansas GOP Leaders Eye Final Push On Budget, Taxes

Kansas legislators are returning from a long weekend Monday determined to push through tax legislation, the next state budget, and every other bill of any significance in just five days.

Republicans leaders have pledged that lawmakers will finish almost all of the year's work by Friday.

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Health
6:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

More Than 1 In 3 Counties Lack A KanCare Dentist

More than 1 in 3 Kansas counties do not have a dentist that will accept the KanCare insurance plan.
Credit Courtesy-Kansas Dental Project

A new report from the Kansas Dental Project finds that dental services are unavailable in more than one third of the counties in Kansas for people covered by KanCare. KanCare is the new, privatized Medicaid system in Kansas. 

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Government
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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Health
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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Government
12:20 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Legislators To Propose KanCare Oversight Panel

Kansas legislators will introduce measures during the 2013 session to create oversight of the state's new KanCare Medicaid system.

House Rep. David Crum and Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook announced their plans Monday during a Statehouse news conference. KanCare is the new federally approved system for Medicaid in Kansas, providing health care services to low-income and disabled residents.

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News
5:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Top Morning News 12.17.12

Legislators to propose oversight panel for KanCare; Huelskamp to open satellite office in Manhattan; 2 police officers dead in Topeka.

Legislators To Propose KanCare Oversight Panel

Kansas legislators are planning to introduce measures during the 2013 session to create oversight of the state's new KanCare Medicaid system.

House Representitive David Crum and Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook are expected to announce their plans Monday during a Statehouse news conference.

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Health
5:40 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Lawrence Man Appointed KanCare Ombudsman

A Lawrence man has been appointed to the newly-created position of KanCare Ombudsman. 

James Bart is a former corporate attorney. More importantly, perhaps, he’s the father of a 19-year-old son with developmental disabilities. As such, the young man will be a KanCare consumer.

As ombudsman, Bart’s job is to help consumers with any problems they may have with benefits, services, and access under the privatized Medicaid system called KanCare.

“I’m going to be the person that says what’s your needs, and how can I fulfill that?" he says.

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