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Brownback’s Medicaid reform proposal to be unveiled Tuesday

November 7, 2011, 12:18 p.m. Updated November 7, 2011, 11:35 p.m.

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— The long-anticipated Medicaid reform package from Gov. Sam Brownback will be unveiled Tuesday.

“That is a big deal,” Brownback said. “We have worked months on it.”

Brownback has sought to reduce costs in the program that provides health care for nearly 350,000 Kansans, mostly children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Jointly financed by federal and state dollars, Medicaid costs $2.8 billion per year, with $1.1 billion coming from Kansas taxpayers.

Brownback put Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a physician and surgeon, in charge of trying to find ways to cut Medicaid expenses by $200 million to $400 million.

“Medicaid has been eating us alive,” Brownback said.

Some advocates have expressed concern that cuts will reduce services to the Kansans who are most vulnerable and poor, but Brownback and his staff have said they won’t reduce services.

Brownback said the state also will prepare a request for proposal to seek bids from companies for expanding managed care of the program.

The plan will be unveiled at a news conference with Brownback, Colyer and other members of a Cabinet working group. Those include Secretary of Aging Shawn Sullivan, Health and Environment Secretary Robert Moser, and Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr.

Later Tuesday, another major initiative on Brownback’s plate, school finance, will be discussed at the State Board of Education.

Brownback’s policy director, Landon Fullmer, will talk with the board, but Brownback said no details of a plan would be discussed.

He said he hoped to have a full proposal ready in December.

In previous talks, Fullmer has said Brownback would propose a school finance plan that would allow local districts more authority to raise local taxes for education. Some school advocates say this will worsen funding inequities between wealthy and poor school districts.

Comments

Orwell 3 years, 5 months ago

Here comes Sam's very own Death Panel.

jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

Hey, at least it's not on a Friday before a 3-day weekend!

chootspa 3 years, 5 months ago

Wednesday in two weeks. Gobble up that turkey, boys. You might not be eating for a while.

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 5 months ago

"Managed health care plan"

Meaning corporate so that we have to pay high premiums and deductibles?

chootspa 3 years, 5 months ago

Meaning for profit, yes. A for profit system to save money by denying services or paying less to the workers who provide them. He might figure out a way to work premiums and deductibles in there, too, but I'm not sure how that would work for some services.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

The Topeka Capital Journal; Nov. 7, 2011 - Welcome to the State of Insanity Brownback hires state IT guru. "Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Monday a Florida consultant to be the state's top information technology director and instructed the newcomer to consolidate functions and save money. Jim Mann, 58, will serve as the executive branch's chief information technology officer. All agencies, excluding the Kansas Board of Regents, will report to him."

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

"He will pay Mann an annual salary of $150,000."

Welcome to Bizzaro World, folks!

meggers 3 years, 5 months ago

So glad we're doing our part to bring Florida's unemployment numbers down.

vuduchyld 3 years, 5 months ago

Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's where Kansas used to be! Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's our new theocracy! Brownback and Koch call all the shots, we're governed by the rich The wealthy all get wealthier and the rest can all eat $!#$#

the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUfNP...

question4u 3 years, 5 months ago

It will be interesting to see how Flim-Flam Sam spins this one. With 300,000 Kansans on Medicaid, he's going to have to be extra careful about how he gives them the shaft.

Grump 3 years, 5 months ago

My guess is he will hire a faith-healer from Florida at $150,000 per year who promises to cure them all by praying.

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm guessing $200,000. That extra money makes the faith a little stronger.

mloburgio 3 years, 5 months ago

Jesus healed the sick and helped the poor, for free. Health care is a right, not a product. Democrats want to take care of the sick. Republicans take their credit cards and then deny them medical attention.

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