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Legislative panel to get update on KanCare

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at 7:14 p.m.

A legislative committee in charge of overseeing the KanCare managed-care program will hold a daylong meeting Monday to get updates on the program from state officials and to hear complaints from clients about the quality of service and providers who say the system has been slow to pay its bills.

The meeting is one of two planned for the lawmakers and is designed to guide any legislative fixes needed in the 2-year-old program.

KanCare contracts with three private insurance companies to administer medical and home-service needs for Medicaid-eligible poor and disabled state residents.

One of the major issues on tap for the meeting will be insurers’ reimbursement of hospital charges. Hospital operators across the state have complained of delays in payments and unwarranted claim denials that have to be appealed to the insurance companies.

The meeting will start at 8 a.m. with presentations from Kari Bruffet, health care finance director for the Department of Health and Environment; and Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Around midmorning, the group is scheduled to hear from clients, service providers and advocates, with time reserved in the afternoon for the KDHE, the KDADS and the insurance companies to address complaints.

Reach Dion Lefler at 316-268-6527 or dlefler@wichitaeagle.com.

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