Legislators hear details of Kansas Medicaid reforms

TOPEKA – Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer says a proposal to reform Medicaid programs in Kansas will have the flexibility and creativity to improve the health of all Kansas residents while holding down costs.

Colyer, a surgeon and former state senator, outlined the proposal on Tuesday to the Legislature’s Health Policy Oversight Committee. He says the changes will restructure three state agencies while moving to a managed care system for Medicaid.

Bids are being sought from companies to administer the Medicaid contracts. Colyer hopes there are three contracts awarded, if not more. He says he wants those companies to be able to achieve the Republican administration’s goal of moving toward a system of health care centered on people.

Legislators say they generally support the goals, but question how the outcomes will be measured.