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.
A legislative committee is recommending that lawmakers have greater oversight of a plan to overhaul Medicaid.
KanCare, as the new program will be called, would put most Medicaid recipients into managed care programs run by private companies. The change is slated to take effect January 1.
The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services heard from advocates saying lawmakers should keep a close eye on KanCare. The goal of the overhaul is to help control costs in Medicaid without hurting patient care.
Wichita-based airplane maker Hawker Beechcraft says it's closing facilities in three states and laying off more workers in Kansas.
The company said Wednesday that 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas. It also plans to cut a total of 170 jobs at its Wichita headquarters and at its completion center in Little Rock.