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Interhab to host discussions in Topeka on KanCare

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, June 17, 2013, at 9 a.m.

InterHab, a statewide organization for people with developmental disabilities and their care providers, will host two discussions Wednesday at the state Capitol in Topeka to make a case why services to that population should be excluded from KanCare, the state’s privatized health-care plan for the poor.

The discussion will be part of “A Day at the Capitol” and is expected to draw about 300 people with developmental disabilities and their supporters.

Barbara Ladon, managing director of Newpoint Healthcare Advisors, will provide information on why she thinks the state should either exclude bringing the developmentally disabled population into KanCare, or at least delay implementation until a comprehensive study shows private insurers are ready to handle their specialized needs.

KanCare, which began operation on Jan. 1, is Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to control the state’s health-care costs by contracting for services with three for-profit managed care plans.

Implementation of KanCare for non-medical services to the developmentally disabled was delayed a year to give lawmakers time to study whether the managed-care programs could adequately administer services to that population.

Ladon will lead discussions for lawmakers and interested members of the public at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., in Room 212b at the Capitol.

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