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Nursing home provider sues Kansas over Medicaid applications

September 30, 2016

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— A skilled nursing home provider has sued Kansas on behalf of 21 patients it claims are at risk of being thrown out of its facilities because the state has allegedly not processed their Medicaid applications in a timely manner.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society filed its federal lawsuit Thursday against the Michael Randol, the director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The suit contends those patients have been unable to pay for their room, board, care and other services because of state's failure to timely comply with federal and state Medicaid laws. The lawsuit argues federal law requires the state to make an eligibility determination on a Medicaid application within 45 days.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services said the agency cannot comment on pending litigation, but said the state is resolving the backlog problems.

The state has reduced the Medicaid application backlog from roughly 10,000 this summer to about 1,500 now, said spokeswoman Angela de Rocha.

"Eligibility determination for individuals already admitted to nursing homes can be some of the most difficult eligibility cases that we have," de Rocha said.

Donald Snook, the attorney representing Good Samaritan, did not immediately return phone and email messages.

Good Samaritan, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, operates 32 nursing homes across Kansas, according to its website.

Some of the patients named in the lawsuit were admitted to its skilled nursing home facilities as far back as 2013. Outstanding balances on their individual nursing home accounts ranged from $24,562 to $84,133, according to the lawsuit.

The nursing home contends the state's inaction places the patients at risk of being discharged from Good Samaritan and jeopardizes their health, safety, and well-being.

Comments

Michael Kort 1 year ago

The problem of the Evangelical Lutherians is that they are not the correct ( or the ) "Other......Evangelical Right Wing Looney Group", that brownie likes .

Sticking it to the poor, is brownie and the Ks. Legislatures favorite thing to do !

beth newman 1 year ago

Medicaid in Kansas; The No.1 priority is to turn a profit. Profits BEFORE the health of the citizenry. This is what comodification looks like. The individual is an object of trade, nothing more and nothing less, and it's nothing personal. You have to extract wealth. You have to exploit people first, so that when it's your turn to be exploited, you can and will be recognized as a participant for the cause. The cause of American dream cause. That's why you hear that wonderful,commonly held and enthusiastically said phrase..."I,m liv'in the American dream..." so often. I hear it a lot these days so it probably is a good indicator of how many people have "made it" in this "obey or starve" commodified neoliberal, militarized, corporate state freakshow of a country that so many of us dropped out of in 1968. This scene is dead once again. Good luck and keep the weaponry close at hand.

Richard Heckler 1 year ago

How much are the medicaid private profiteers skimming off the top .... state wide?

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