KanCare

KanCare
5:13 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Colyer Says KanCare Will Achieve Promised Savings

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.

Colyer says the three private insurance companies managing the KanCare program will achieve those savings because their bottom lines depend on it.

"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.

Health
7:24 am
Tue July 30, 2013

KanCare Recipients Need To Watch Their Mailboxes Soon

KanCare beneficiaries can expect to receive an important mailing in the next few days.

The Affordable Care Act makes some changes that will require them to provide additional information about their households. The mailing is going out to 130,000 households that include children and pregnant women who are KanCare, formerly known as Medicaid, beneficiaries.

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Health
6:39 am
Mon June 24, 2013

A Look At KanCare's First Three Months

State officials have submitted their first quarterly update on KanCare to the federal government.

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.

The first report covers the period from January 1 through March 31.

It shows that a total of more than 344,000 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.

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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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