To the editor:
I can understand why advocates for those with developmental disabilities do not want to be a part of Gov. Brownback’s KanCare system. KanCare is replacing former Medicaid services. Problems with KanCare are obvious to those who have worked for social service agencies, myself included.
The number one goal of for-profit companies is profit, not social service. The primary way to increase profits is to decrease services. Even not-for-profit agencies that provide low-cost services, managed by professionals and volunteers, experience reduced service referrals as for-profit companies find ways to further squeeze reductions in their operating cost. Efficiency is one thing but not providing adequate and complete services eventually impacts all tax payers.
We, as a society, pay now or pay more later. The earlier the needs of disadvantaged populations are met, the less is required later. Skills, education and resources available for early assistance help all of us become more productive and prosperous citizens.