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Lawrence attorney named ombudsman under new KanCare program

December 12, 2012


New KanCare ombudsman James Bart

New KanCare ombudsman James Bart

— James Bart, a Lawrence attorney, on Wednesday was named as the ombudsman who will help customers who are having any problems with the state's new Medicaid system called KanCare.

Bart currently serves on the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities as a parent representative, and is vice chair of the Council and previously led the group's executive committee. He is also a former member of the ARC of Douglas County, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities and their families in Douglas, Jefferson, Osage and Franklin counties.

As the KanCare ombudsman, Bart will be responsible for assisting consumers with access, service and benefits issues.

KanCare is the state's overhaul of the Medicaid system that takes effect Jan. 1. The $2.9 billion a year program will now be handled by three managed care organizations.

"Mr. Bart has the ideal background and experience to help KanCare consumers and assist them in reaching successful, fair resolutions of any problems they might have with the health plans and their providers," said Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan. "They will find him to be a strong, effective, caring ally in getting their problems addressed promptly and satisfactorily."


bearded_gnome 5 years ago

sounds good.

hope he has good training to bring him up to speed on the nondevelopmentally disabled.

Jean Robart 5 years ago

I hope he will be given REAL authority in his job. Medicaid/KanCare needs someone who can advocate for the people who rely on it.

friendlyjhawk 4 years, 12 months ago

Article left out the info about who actually appointed him to this position. If he is just another Brownback hack the appointment means nothing but trouble

bunnyhawk 4 years, 12 months ago

Seems odd that he hasn't practiced law for 18 years, but the LJW calls him an attorney. Seems even odder that he isn't willing to explain his credentials to the public beyond have a background in the insurance industry. Have to wonder if he hasn't been working for one of the companies that will be profiting from Kansas Medicaid 'services.' Easy to wonder when information is withheld.

deec 4 years, 12 months ago

He seems to change jobs fairly often and has this in his summary " Enthusiastic and motivated with family values and a strong work ethic. ."

I'm not sure how being an auto accident appraiser qualifies him, but who knows?

bevy 4 years, 12 months ago

LJWorld doesn't say much about his background, but from what I heard on KPR this morning, he has a 19 year old son with developmental disabilities. So he has walked the walk. You know what happens when you ASSume, people?

Lenette Hamm 4 years, 12 months ago

Mr. Bart may be a perfectly nice person and a good attorney, but how in the world will he manage nearly 400,000 people enrolled in KanCare? No, they may not all have questions or needs, but you can bet many of them will. Confusion and chaos are about to ensue. Sure hope he's well-versed on all the ins and outs of this poorly-thought out new program.

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