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Advocates for those with developmental disabilities urge attendance at upcoming hearings

July 10, 2013

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— Gov. Sam Brownback succeeded during the last legislative session in thwarting attempts by advocates for those with developmental disabilities from a delay in putting long-term care services under KanCare, the state's new Medicaid system.

But that's not the end of the fight.

The state must get permission from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the proposed change.

On Wednesday, advocates for those with developmental disabilities urged supporters to attend two public hearings to oppose the Brownback plan.

"Even though the Legislature didn't act to delay or carve out those services, CMS could seek a delay or a more comprehensive pilot program," said Tim Wood, manager of the Disability Rights Center's End the Wait campaign.

The hearings are being conducted by the state as required by CMS because the state is seeking a change in its KanCare system effective Jan. 1, 2014.

The meetings will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Multipurpose Room of the Wichita State University Metroplex and 10 a.m. Tuesday in Topeka in the Madison Ballroom of the Downtown Ramada Inn.

During the past legislative session, parents and those with developmental disabilities urged Brownback to exclude long-term care support for those with developmental disabilities from KanCare, which is Brownback's revamped Medicaid system administered by private insurance companies.

They said long-term care, such as daily help with preparing meals or job coaching, does not fit in the KanCare model and shouldn't be overseen by for-profit managed care organizations.

But the Brownback administration argued that long-term care will be better under KanCare.

Republican allies of Brownback's went even further, pushing through a budget provision that said if long-term care for those with developmental disabilities was kept out of KanCare, then they won't get funding to reduce a waiting list for services.

Comments

JohnSickels 9 months, 1 week ago

I suspect Dave Trabert won't dare raise his head in this thread.

Libertarianism and economic conservatism fail when it comes to disabilities, autism, and related problems.

Just remember: the legislature THREATENED the disabled. They attacked the weakest members of society.

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Ray Parker 9 months, 1 week ago

Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA put out a call for volunteers who would commit within one day to adopt a Down Syndrome baby, after learning that the mother would otherwise shortly commit a post-viable abortion. Over 900 responses came in from people wanting to adopt, including from across the USofA and from England, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands. Mothers have been slaughtering about 90% of their babies diagnosed before birth with Down Syndrome, often in risky post-viable abortions. Pro-lifers will put a stop to that, one way or another. This week they start with more pro-life restrictions in Texas, hopefully shutting down most of the filthy, unsafe, criminal, racist abortion mills in Texas for non-compliance and health and safety violations. Next – Kansas. Keep a good thought.

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Mike1949 9 months, 1 week ago

I can't believe the people in Topeka who just don't care about Kansans anymore. Don't they have trouble sleeping at night?

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Orwell 9 months, 1 week ago

"Republican allies of Brownback's went even further, pushing through a budget provision that said if long-term care for those with developmental disabilities was kept out of KanCare, then they won't get funding to reduce a waiting list for services."

Knuckle under, or we'll punish the disabled. How can anyone NOT be ashamed of this legislature?

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