Topeka Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration announced Monday it had resubmitted to the federal government its proposal to overhaul the Kansas Medicaid program.
Under the proposal, more than 350,000 Kansans will receive health care services through managed care plans run by private insurance companies.
Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said KanCare will provide better health outcomes and save approximately $1 billion in five years.
“Compared to old Medicaid, KanCare will offer needy Kansans three vibrant options for integrated care and value-added services,” said Colyer, who is a plastic surgeon.
“KanCare will provide expanded coverage for dental care, heart transplants and bariatric services. With KanCare, members will be able to choose the plan that works best for their families. We’re able to make these improvements without cutting provider rates or changing eligibility requirements,” Colyer said.
Some health care advocates have been skeptical of the claims made by the Brownback administration.
The administration had submitted its proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in April. But it withdrew the application to consult with two Native American health centers.
Last week, state officials held meetings on the KanCare plan in eight cities.
Colyer said the administration still hopes to implement KanCare by Jan. 1.