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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas says it won’t submit proposal to be Medicaid contractor

February 1, 2012

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— The largest health insurer in Kansas said Wednesday it will not submit a proposal to be a Medicaid contractor under Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to privatize Medicaid.

"We did not come to this decision lightly," said Angie Strecker, director of institutional relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.

The Brownback administration has put out a request for proposals for contractors to bid on providing managed care services under Medicaid, which serves approximately 350,000 Kansans.

"We devoted significant resources and assigned top staff to review the Request for Proposals (RFP)," Strecker said. "In the end, although we believe the RFP may present a sizable opportunity, it would have required us to dramatically change our business model to serve new populations in different settings in less than a year," she said.

Advocates for Kansans with developmental disabilities and some legislators have said Brownback's move toward managed care was going too fast and has too many unresolved issues.

State Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, noted that the state's RFP elicited 1,100 questions from bidders.

The most controversial aspect of the plan is including contracts for people with developmental disabilities. Advocates say the long-term supports needed for people with developmental disabilities don’t fit with a private program to manage healthcare costs. And they said the governor’s plan doesn’t address the nearly 5,000 people with developmental disabilities on a waiting list to receive assistance in their homes.

Comments

question4u 2 years, 11 months ago

One more embarrassing blunder from the governor's office. Why would anyone but Sam Don't-Stop-to-Think-It-Through Brownback expect the state's largest healthcare provider to change its "business model to serve new populations in different settings in less than a year."

Businesses generally aren't keen on risking costly mistakes by rushing through major changes without careful consideration. Sam, however, is of a different mind (a much smaller one).

sammyk 2 years, 10 months ago

Wonder who else will pull out. 1100 questions...how many got answered?

overthemoon 2 years, 10 months ago

Yet another case of the Gov's team not doing their homework and passing slip shod work off as 'policy'. Over a thousand questions on the RFP??? That's not a good RFP.

We have a non thinking Koch apparatchik for a Governor. Glad to see that the 'free market' won't play along with the nonsense.

thebigspoon 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow, a REALLY big business now off the Brownback wagon? What will we see next? Maybe a turn toward sensibility?

verity 2 years, 10 months ago

Is Brownback/Koch just trying to throw a wrench in all the gears just to prove that nothing works?

Please, somebody, tell me what Brownback has done that is good for the state? I would like to think it hasn't all been negative.

tolawdjk 2 years, 10 months ago

He gave out cake to the state workers last year! Or was it ice cream? Or was it both? Either way, they should have been working and not snacking.

verity 2 years, 10 months ago

I thought he was going to see who came to the party and then fire them for not working. But maybe that was just a rumor started by some bored LJW poster.

appleaday 2 years, 10 months ago

You'd rather have insurance companies making obscene profits while denying care to people just because they feel like it? God forbid that health care providers be given the authority to make health care decisions without having to go through the insurance company bureaucracy.

appleaday 2 years, 10 months ago

"Obamacare" doesn't actually do away with insurance companies. You might try reading the bill sometime. The American Nurses Association has a great summary of it on their website.

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