Medicaid

Health
11:16 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Kansas House Committee Drafts Plan To Expand Medicaid

Credit Stephen Koranda

A Kansas House committee has drafted a plan for expanding the state's Medicaid program for poor and disabled Kansans, in line with the Affordable Care Act.

The Vision 2020 Committee introduced the bill in the House on Monday.

The bill would impose a special tax on hospitals and other health care providers to raise any state matching funds required to tap extra federal dollars.

It also would allow the state to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.

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Health
1:53 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Kansas Hospital Leaders Negotiating With Federal Officials On Medicaid Expansion

In most of the states seeking to go their own way on Medicaid expansion, governors are leading the negotiations with the federal government. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, it’s a different story in Kansas.

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Government
11:25 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Democrats Push For Review Of Medicaid Contracts

Two Democrats in the Kansas Legislature want it to investigate how Republican Governor Sam Brownback's administration awarded contracts to private companies to manage the state's Medicaid program.

Senator Laura Kelly of Topeka and Representative Jim Ward of Wichita had a Statehouse news conference yesterday to call on legislative leaders to authorize an investigation.

However, Senate President Susan Wagle called the move an attempt to distort the truth ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Wagle says the process for awarding the contracts was transparent.

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Government
11:36 am
Mon July 21, 2014

White House Study: Medicaid Non-Participation Costs KS

A new study by the White House Council of Economic Advisors says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars, and thousands of jobs.

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Health
10:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better

Gov.  Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, among other things. 

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Health
10:23 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Kansas Medicaid Contractors Losing Money

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?"

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Government
10:20 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Attorney General Derek Schmidt Seeks Stronger Penalties For Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he will ask Kansas legislators to strengthen the state's penalties for Medicaid fraud.

Schmidt outlined his proposal on Thursday during a stop in Wichita.

He says his office gained 15 criminal convictions and recovered $33.7 million dollars in the latest fiscal year from people guilty of defrauding the program.

Schmidt is proposing higher fines for the crime.

He also wants people convicted of Medicaid fraud to serve prison time instead of the current sentence of probation.

Disability Services
3:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

National Council On Disability Studies Kansas Policies

A federal board that studies disability issues has been meeting in Topeka.

The National Council on Disability advises Congress and the president on matters affecting Americans with disabilities.

Gary Blumenthal is a member of the council and a former Kansas legislator. He says the group chose to meet in Kansas because of policies affecting people with disabilities, like the state's overhauled Medicaid program now managed by private companies.

Health
8:54 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Oversight Committee Hears Status Update On Medicaid Changes, State Insurance Exchange

A legislative oversight committee is meeting on Monday to hear a status report on changes made to the state's Medicaid program.

The state contracted with three private managed-care organizations earlier this year; they administer Medicaid programs for the poor, elderly, and disabled.

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight will hear from groups that represent developmentally disabled and community-based service providers.

Medicaid
5:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Advocates Ready To Push For Medicaid Expansion

A Kansas group is gearing up to push again for an expansion of the state's Medicaid program as encouraged by the federal health care overhaul, despite strong opposition from Republican legislators.

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