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State promising too much on disability waivers?

So far Brownback administration officials have offered more assurances than details regarding their proposed overhaul of the Medicaid waivers that provide services to Kansans with disabilities. The state says it can combine seven waivers into one, reduce waiting times, expand services and improve people’s health without spending more money. But how? As Kevin Fish, executive director of the Arc of Sedgwick County, said last week, “Someone is going to have to lose something.” The state is going to have to make a much better case for the need for systemic change before causing more turmoil for this vulnerable population. – Rhonda Holman