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Brownback says federal health officials approve KanCare

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Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday announced that federal officials have approved a waiver request to implement sweeping changes to the Kansas Medicaid system.

Gov. Sam Brownback announces federal approval to go ahead with KanCare. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Shawn Sullivan is beside Brownback.

Gov. Sam Brownback announces federal approval to go ahead with KanCare. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Shawn Sullivan is beside Brownback. by Scott Rothschild

Kansas has already awarded three contracts to managed care organizations to run the Medicaid program, which provides health care coverage to 380,000 poor and disabled residents.

Known as KanCare, the Brownback administration has said the changes will help control care costs and improve care.

The new system will be in effect Jan. 1.

Comments

KS 2 years ago

This is great news for Kansas taxpayers. Way to go Sam.

Jean Robart 2 years ago

This is very bad news for the people who use medicaid. We have little or no choice, and LMH and most doctors in Lawrence are not even listed as providers. Yeah, way to go Sam!

BigDog 2 years ago

So autie .... why is it terrible news for Medicaid recipients?

average 2 years ago

I'm just looking at one of the three new Medicaid provider directories, which a third of Medicaid people will be dropped onto in three weeks. And, no, we shouldn't expect most recipients to be able to easily navigate online provider directories and change providers.

At least for the first one I picked... No LMH. Four hospitals in all of Northeast Kansas (St Francis in Topeka, KU Med, Providence, and Blue Valley). Hope they're ready for a big-time influx of Medicaid patients who were at OP/Olathe/SM/St Lukes/LMH/Stormont/etc.

But, at least this provider offers care at "Bert Bash". So that's nice.

Lenette Hamm 2 years ago

Anyone who thinks that "KanCare" really is in the best interest of those folks on Medicaid is sorely mistaken. If our esteemed Governor and Mr. Sullivan think they've come up with a stellar plan, then they're even more deluded than anyone imaged...

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