KanCare is not ready to assume responsibility for community services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a group that includes our loved ones.
As parents experienced in legislative advocacy, we have become increasingly worried as Gov. Sam Brownback’s KanCare experiment has unfolded and is now poised to hand over to private insurers the management of nonmedical I/DD services for nearly 10,000 Kansans. Contrary to official pronouncements, facts on the ground reveal that KanCare remains perilously unprepared to take on this responsibility.
No other state has included this high-risk population in managed-care reforms. After last year’s partial rollout of medical services, we have accumulated alarming evidence that KanCare is far from ready for an I/DD “carve in.” The red flags include:
Proponents continue to champion KanCare as a reform to save public dollars without reducing I/DD services. We, like thousands of similar Kansas families, will hold state leaders accountable for the health and quality of life of our loved ones.