Health Care

KanCare companies up for renewal; state to hold meetings

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The state will host a series of meetings around Kansas to talk about renewing contracts for its privatized health insurance program for people with disabilities or who have low incomes.

Kansas privatized Medicaid in 2013 and dubbed the system KanCare.

The state will present its plans for changes to the system and wants to gather feedback from the public at meetings in Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Hays and Pittsburg.

The three privatized Medicaid companies in Kansas – Sunflower, UnitedHealthcare and Amerigroup – are due for contract renewals, but have been criticized for not meeting previously promised expectations.

Medicaid recipients have reported longer wait times and more reimbursement denials since the privatization.

Medicaid recipients have reported longer wait times and more reimbursement denials since the privatization.

And an inspector general position, which serves as a watchdog over the program, has been vacant since January 2014.

Meeting information

Two meetings will be held in each location – from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The same information will be offered at each meeting.

▪ Topeka: Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 SE 6th St., May 24

▪ Wichita: Marriott, 2100 Corporate Hills, May 25

▪ Kansas City: Jack Reardon Civic Center (Hilton Garden Inn), 520 Minnesota, May 25

▪ Hays: Rose Garden, 2350 E. 8th, May 26

▪ Pittsburg: Pittsburg State University, 1701 S. Broadway, May 26

For individual accommodations, contact Elizabeth Phelps at 785-296-4552 or ephelps@kdheks.gov by Monday.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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