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Kansas asks federal government for permission to make KanCare changes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:36 a.m.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is asking the federal government to allow the state to modify KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program, according to a news release.

The KDHE is proposing the following changes effective Jan. 1, 2014:

• Approval to provide long-term support services to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through KanCare managed care. Those services are currently carved out and paid on a fee-for-service basis;

• Approval for three new pilot programs for Kansans who might otherwise be enrolled in Medicaid, including a Social Security Alternative Pilot, a Supplemental Security Income Employment Support Pilot and a Health Account Pilot

As part of the process, the KDHE will hold public meetings to gather comments on the proposed changes. A Wichita meeting will be at 2 p.m. July 15 at the Wichita State Metroplex multipurpose room at 5015 E. 29th St. North.

To view the proposed changes, go to www.kancare.ks.gov/download/KanCare_1115_Amendment_Public_Notice.pdf.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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