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State reports on first year of privatized Medicaid services

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.

More than $2.3 billion was spent by the state during the first year of KanCare, according to a new report from the state.

KanCare – the state’s privatized Medicaid program that started last year – has three administrative managed care companies: United Healthcare, Amerigroup, and Sunflower State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene.

The new report details information about expenditures, enrollment and services of the program, which Gov. Sam Brownback claims will save the state an estimated $1 billion over five years.

The number of health care providers who contracted with KanCare companies increased throughout 2013, according to the report. By the end of the year, United had about 18,000 unique providers, Amerigroup had about 17,300 providers, and Sunflower had about 15,400.

The report also discusses “value added services,” which are services the three managed care companies provide at no cost to the state.

Some of the value added services include more than 10,000 cellphones provided to Medicaid recipients through Sunflower, additional vision services for more than 47,000 people who have plans with United Healthcare and adult dental services for more than 2,700 people in Amerigroup.

The report says those value added services amounted to more than $6.2 million for all of 2013.

There were more than 1,800 voicemails left for the KanCare ombudsman in 2013, with reasons for calls including issues involving pharmacy orders, transportation, billing and memberships questions, and complaints.

The next meeting of the KanCare advisory council, which helps oversee the program, is slated for 2 p.m. March 26 at the Curtis State Office Building, Room 530, in Topeka.

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

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