Kansas to resubmit Medicaid waiver request to feds

? Kansas plans to resubmit a request to the federal government for permission to overhaul the state’s $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program.

State officials said Tuesday they want to solicit additional comments about the overhaul from Indian health clinics in Lawrence and White Cloud.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration said the move won’t change plans to issue contracts this summer to three private insurers to manage Medicaid, which covers health care for the poor, disabled and elderly. The contracts would start in January.

The state needs the federal government to waive Medicaid rules. Kansas filed a request in April.

Brownback’s administration acknowledged the Indian clinics weren’t formally notified of the state’s plans as it consulted with leaders of the four tribes with Kansas reservations.

Two public hearings are planned.