Medicaid http://kcur.org en White House Study: Kansas Losing Money, Jobs Without Medicaid Expansion http://kcur.org/post/white-house-study-kansas-losing-money-jobs-without-medicaid-expansion <p>A <a href="http://www.khi.org/documents/2014/jul/18/medicaid-expansion-study/">study released</a> earlier this month by the White House Council of Economic Advisers says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.</p><p>According to the study, Kansas is passing up $820 million over the next three years by choosing not to expand Medicaid eligibility. The federal government would pay for nearly all of the cost of the expansion, which would add as many as 100,000 Kansans to the state’s Medicaid rolls.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:28:54 +0000 Bryan Thompson 59223 at http://kcur.org White House Study: Kansas Losing Money, Jobs Without Medicaid Expansion Kansas Official: No Backlog In Processing Of Medicaid Applications http://kcur.org/post/kansas-official-no-backlog-processing-medicaid-applications <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Kansas state official insists there’s no backlog of Medicaid applications in the state, saying federal concerns have more to do with state and government computer systems not sharing information with each other.</span></p><p></p><p>Sara Belfry, a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">said all of the state’s Medicaid applications are being processed within the 45-day period that’s allowed by the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS).</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:20:53 +0000 Dave Ranney 58766 at http://kcur.org Dental Funds For The Poor Caught In Missouri Budget Battle http://kcur.org/post/dental-funds-poor-caught-missouri-budget-battle-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roughly</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> $18 million that would restore basic dental benefits for hundreds of thousands of low-income Missouri adults is in limbo because of a sweeping budget action by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon.</span></p><p>Acting under what he termed his constitutional duty to balance the state budget, Nixon late last month restricted or vetoed approximately $1.1 billion in spending for the fiscal year that began July 1.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:40:47 +0000 Mike Sherry 58699 at http://kcur.org Dental Funds For The Poor Caught In Missouri Budget Battle Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/feds-demand-medicaid-backlog-fixes-kansas <p><strong>Kaiser Health News&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Tired of waiting for states to reduce their backlogs of Medicaid applications, the Obama administration has given Kansas and five other states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting health coverage.</p><p>Besides Kansas, the targeted states are Alaska, California, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Phil Galewitz 58690 at http://kcur.org Kansas Hospitals Crafting Medicaid Expansion Proposal http://kcur.org/post/kansas-hospitals-crafting-medicaid-expansion-proposal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s make-or-break time for advocates of Medicaid expansion in Kansas.</span></p><p></p><p>Fearing that political events may be conspiring to foreclose the opportunity to use mostly federal dollars to extend coverage to thousands of uninsured poor adults, the Kansas Hospital Association is preparing to shift its lobbying campaign into high gear.</p><p></p><p>The first step, says Tom Bell, the association’s chief executive, will be to craft an expansion proposal for lawmakers to consider in the 2015 session.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:44:03 +0000 Jim McLean 57451 at http://kcur.org Kansas Hospitals Crafting Medicaid Expansion Proposal Hospital Association Execs: Medicaid Expansion Would Aid Thousands Of Vets http://kcur.org/post/hospital-association-execs-medicaid-expansion-would-aid-thousands-vets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The chief executives of &nbsp;the Missouri and Kansas hospital associations say thousands of uninsured veterans would be eligible for coverage if Medicaid were expanded in those states.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In an <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article510256/Tom-Bell-and-Herb-Kuhn-Veterans-deserve-better-access-to-health-care.html">opinion piece</a> that ran in The Kansas City Star on Tuesday, they estimated that more than 37,000 veterans in Missouri and Kansas would qualify for Medicaid coverage under expansion.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:12:43 +0000 Jim McLean 57223 at http://kcur.org Hospital Association Execs: Medicaid Expansion Would Aid Thousands Of Vets Want Medicaid Expansion? You Can Move, Missouri Senator Says http://kcur.org/post/want-medicaid-expansion-you-can-move-missouri-senator-says <p>How divisive was the debate over Medicaid expansion in Missouri this year?</p><p>Just ask Debbie Cole, a 51-year-old mother of four who lives in Butler, Mo., and signed a petition asking state legislators to extend Medicaid to cover more low-income residents.</p><p>“We all live different lives, and some people out there may be working two or three jobs and have no insurance, and they need it to survive,” she says.</p><p>About a month after signing the petition, Cole got a letter from her state senator, Republican Ed Emery of Lamar.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:56:03 +0000 Alex Smith 57088 at http://kcur.org Want Medicaid Expansion? You Can Move, Missouri Senator Says Area Legislator: Missouri Lawmakers Nearly Reached Medicaid Expansion Deal http://kcur.org/post/area-legislator-missouri-lawmakers-nearly-reached-medicaid-expansion-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A last-minute deal to expand Medicaid in Missouri almost materialized in the waning days of this year’s legislative session, briefly breathing life into an issue that had seemed all but doomed.</span></p><p>Missouri State Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, provided a behind-the-scenes look at high-level negotiations that occurred just before the session ended without an agreement to expand Medicaid eligibility.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:36:18 +0000 Mike Sherry 57053 at http://kcur.org Area Legislator: Missouri Lawmakers Nearly Reached Medicaid Expansion Deal Brownback Discusses Opposition To Medicaid Expansion in Heritage Foundation Interview http://kcur.org/post/brownback-discusses-opposition-medicaid-expansion-heritage-foundation-interview <p style="outline: none 0px; font-size: 14px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The inaugural edition of a Heritage Foundation news site features an interview with Kansas&nbsp;Gov. Sam Brownback explaining “how Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion hurts states.”</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:44:10 +0000 Jim McLean 56784 at http://kcur.org Brownback Discusses Opposition To Medicaid Expansion in Heritage Foundation Interview Medicaid Expansion Supporters Stage Kansas Statehouse Rally http://kcur.org/post/medicaid-expansion-supporters-stage-kansas-statehouse-rally <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of expanding Kansas Medicaid eligibility to more low-income adults rallied Friday at the Statehouse to call attention to the issue as legislators formally ended the 2014 session.</span></p><p>The federal health reform law initially required states to expand Medicaid eligibility. But the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2012 that upheld the law made expansion optional for states.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:38:25 +0000 Jim McLean 56599 at http://kcur.org Medicaid Expansion Supporters Stage Kansas Statehouse Rally Failure To Expand Medicaid Hits Community Health Centers Hard http://kcur.org/post/failure-expand-medicaid-hits-community-health-centers-hard <p>Missouri’s refusal to expand Medicaid will leave more than 56,000 patients who use community health centers without insurance, according to <a href="http://publichealth.gwu.edu/pdf/eIR/GGRCHN_PolicyResearchBrief_36.pdf">a report released Friday by researchers at George Washington University</a>.</p><p>Similarly, Kansas’ refusal to expand Medicaid will leave more than 24,000 community health center patients without insurance, according to the report.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:26:42 +0000 Dan Margolies 55614 at http://kcur.org Study: Expanding Medicaid Would Prevent Cancer Deaths In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/study-expanding-medicaid-would-prevent-cancer-deaths-kansas <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The decision by state officials not to expand Medicaid eligibility could deny thousands of uninsured Kansans access to life-saving cancer treatments, <a href="http://www.khi.org/documents/2014/may/05/potential-impact-medicaid-expansion-cancer-control/">according to a recent report</a> by researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:51:22 +0000 Jim McLean 55304 at http://kcur.org Study: Expanding Medicaid Would Prevent Cancer Deaths In Kansas Nixon Proposes Health Insurance Subsidy For Low-Wage Workers http://kcur.org/post/nixon-proposes-health-insurance-subsidy-low-wage-workers <p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(72, 72, 72); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Open Sans', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24.375px; background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:24:07 +0000 Mike Sherry 55018 at http://kcur.org Nixon Proposes Health Insurance Subsidy For Low-Wage Workers Report: Medicaid Expansion Would Boost Kansas Economy http://kcur.org/post/report-medicaid-expansion-would-boost-kansas-economy <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><a href="http://media.khi.org/news/documents/2014/04/22/Medicaid_Expansion_Brief.pdf">A new report from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth</a> concludes that Medicaid expansion would be a boon to the state's economy and be particularly helpful in rural areas where higher percentages of workers lack good health coverage.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:15:24 +0000 KHI News Service 54572 at http://kcur.org Brownback Urged To Veto Health Compact Bill http://kcur.org/post/brownback-urged-veto-health-compact-bill <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Gov. Sam Brownback would be taking a political risk by signing a bill that could eventually give state officials control of Medicare and other federal health care programs, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said Tuesday.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:23:06 +0000 Jim McLean 54258 at http://kcur.org New Poll Shows Medicaid Expansion Could Be Factor In Kansas Gov's Race http://kcur.org/post/new-poll-shows-medicaid-expansion-could-be-factor-kansas-govs-race <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/Kansas-Medicaid-Polling-Results_%281%29.pdf?__utma=91726592.806404577.1375215456.1396970221.1397038949.793&amp;__utmb=91726592.112.6.1397039820754&amp;__utmc=91726592&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=91726592.1396961265.788.31.utmcsr=Facebook|utmccn=FBKCUR2976|utmcmd=Social&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=128357060">Poll results released Tuesday</a> indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue coul Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:33:28 +0000 Jim McLean 53904 at http://kcur.org KC Checkup: Five Questions For Sandy Praeger http://kcur.org/post/kc-checkup-five-questions-sandy-praeger <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act has put Sandy </span>Praeger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at odds with most of her fellow Republicans in Topeka, Kan.</span></p><p>The Kansas Commissioner of Insurance shared the frustration many had over the health exchange website problems, and she’s voiced concern over how shifting rules and delays impact the insurance industry.</p><p>But Praeger has remained a supporter of federal health reform, a proponent of Medicaid expansion, and a critic of Gov. Sam Brownback’s approach to health policy.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Smith 53170 at http://kcur.org KC Checkup: Five Questions For Sandy Praeger More Than 200 Rally For Medicaid At Kansas Statehouse http://kcur.org/post/more-200-rally-medicaid-kansas-statehouse <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Medicaid expansion is nowhere to be found on Gov. Sam Brownback’s list of priorities and those of Republican legislative leaders as they work through a legislative session now dominated by school finance issues.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:36:10 +0000 Jim McLean 52873 at http://kcur.org More Than 200 Rally For Medicaid At Kansas Statehouse Bill Before Kansas Senate Aims To Eliminate KanCare Payment Delays http://kcur.org/post/bill-kansas-senate-aims-eliminate-kancare-payment-delays <p>Payment delays to health providers have been one of the most contentious parts of KanCare. But a bill before the Kansas Senate this week aims to eliminate the problem.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p><p>The bill requires the three for-profit companies that run Kansas’s Medicaid program to pay on time. Official state numbers show payments have been timely, at least in the past several months, but many doctors and hospitals have reported some significant problems.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:44:32 +0000 Alex Smith 52816 at http://kcur.org Missouri Politicians Hopeful of Medicaid Expansion Compromise http://kcur.org/post/missouri-politicians-hopeful-medicaid-expansion-compromise <p>Missouri policy makers might be inching toward middle ground that would expand Medicaid eligibility while reforming the safety-net program to encourage recipients to work, two key participants in the talks said Monday.</p><p>The comments came from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Rep. Noel Torpey, an Independence Republican.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:15:05 +0000 Mike Sherry 52814 at http://kcur.org Mo. Legislators Propose Major Changes To State’s Healthcare System http://kcur.org/post/mo-legislators-propose-major-changes-state-s-healthcare-system <p>A new health care proposal in Missouri would revamp the state’s Medicaid system, create more pricing transparency and offer incentives for physicians to work in underserved areas, among other changes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Identical state health reform bills (</span>HB<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 1793 and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=29952342">SB 847</a>) were introduced Monday by </span>State Rep. Keith Frederick, R – Eureka, and State Sen. Rob Schaaf, R – St. Joseph.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:19:49 +0000 Alex Smith 51116 at http://kcur.org Brownback Will Not Recommend Kansas Medicaid Expansion http://kcur.org/post/brownback-will-not-recommend-kansas-medicaid-expansion <p>The Kansas legislature is back in session this week but they probably won’t be debating a Medicaid expansion, after a recommendation from Gov. Sam Brownback.</p><p>Expansion supporters had hoped that at least an expansion compromise could happen this year. But the governor’s statement makes any expansion in the near future all but impossible, because the GOP controlled House has said they will only take up the issue at the governor's urging.</p><p>Still, many in the state are pushing for some change to Medicaid, which was intended to be part of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:31:20 +0000 Alex Smith 49784 at http://kcur.org Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings http://kcur.org/post/mo-house-committee-kicks-series-medicaid-hearings <p>A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri&#39;s Medicaid system has begun.</p><p>The interim House Committee on Medicaid Transformation spent much of the Thursday looking at proposed changes in Arkansas and Iowa, which would include expanding access to private health insurers and rewarding healthy behavior.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sidney Watson&nbsp;is a law professor at St. Louis University who also advocates for improved access to Medicaid.&nbsp;She told the committee more about the waiver Iowa is seeking from the federal government.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:30:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 44305 at http://kcur.org Mo. Senate Panel Hears From Backers And Opponents Of Medicaid Expansion http://kcur.org/post/mo-senate-panel-hears-backers-and-opponents-medicaid-expansion A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City. &#160;<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:22:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 42012 at http://kcur.org Mo. Senate Panel Hears From Backers And Opponents Of Medicaid Expansion U.S. Senate Report Critical Of Dental Clinic Chains http://kcur.org/post/us-senate-report-critical-dental-clinic-chains <p>A <a href="http://www.finance.senate.gov/library/prints/download/?id=1c7233e0-9d08-4b83-a530-b761c57a900b">two-year investigation</a> by the U.S. Senate concludes that so-called dental management companies have provided substandard care to low-income children covered by Medicaid, while over billing the joint federal-state program.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:41:19 +0000 Bryan Thompson 40828 at http://kcur.org U.S. Senate Report Critical Of Dental Clinic Chains State To Take Public Comment On KanCare Changes http://kcur.org/post/state-take-public-comment-kancare-changes <p>The Brownback Administration wants federal permission to make <a href="http://www.kancare.ks.gov/download/KanCare_1115_Amendment_Public_Comment.pdf" target="_blank">changes to the new, privatized Medicaid system known as KanCare</a>.&nbsp; You'll have a chance to <a href="http://www.kancare.ks.gov/download/KanCare_1115_Amendment_Public_Notice.pdf" target="_blank">comment on the plans</a> next Monday and Tuesday, in Wichita and Topeka.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:57:17 +0000 Bryan Thompson 40064 at http://kcur.org Committee Explores Medicaid Expansion In Independence http://kcur.org/post/committee-explores-medicaid-expansion-independence <p></p><p></p><p>Opponents to expanding Medicaid in Missouri worry about costs, but supporters say expansion is needed to help children, the disabled and elderly. The two sides sounded off on July 10 in Independence, Mo.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:46:30 +0000 Alex Smith 39993 at http://kcur.org Committee Explores Medicaid Expansion In Independence KanCare Quarterly Report Submitted http://kcur.org/post/kancare-quarterly-report-submitted <p>The state of Kansas has submitted its first quarterly update on KanCare to the federal government.&nbsp;</p><p>The federal waiver that gives Kansas the authority to experiment with its Medicaid program by privatizing the entire system requires a progress report four times a year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:27:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 39032 at http://kcur.org Missouri's Medicaid Director Leaves http://kcur.org/post/missouris-medicaid-director-leaves <p>The director of Missouri’s Medicaid program, Dr. Ian McCaslin, has left.&nbsp; Wed, 15 May 2013 15:48:26 +0000 Elana Gordon 36797 at http://kcur.org Missouri's Medicaid Director Leaves Missouri Legislature's Hot-Button Issues http://kcur.org/post/missouri-legislatures-hot-button-issues <p></p><p>Things have been <strong>heating up</strong> in Jefferson City during this <strong>legislative session</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34922 at http://kcur.org Missouri Legislature's Hot-Button Issues