Medicaid

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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Health
7:47 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Kan. Plans Events On Medicaid Changes For Disabled

Kansas officials have scheduled four meetings next week to discuss how people with disabilities will be affected when they're included in an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program.

The Department for Aging and Disability Services says the meetings are intended for physically and developmentally disabled Kansans, their families and groups that provided services. The sessions will give those parties a chance to ask questions about the overhaul.

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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
7:23 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Even Without Expansion, Medicaid Will Still See Changes

Kansas policymakers have decided not to expand the state's Medicaid program, or to create a Kansas-specific exchange for consumers to buy individual health insurance policies. But the Affordable Care Act is coming and it's bringing some changes to the Medicaid program, whether the state's political leaders want to cooperate or not.

The changes are outlined in a new report from the non-profit Kansas Health Institute.

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