KanCare http://kcur.org en 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 Surprise Halt To Kansas Health Homes Program Dismays Medicaid Providers http://kcur.org/post/surprise-halt-kansas-health-homes-program-dismays-medicaid-providers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas Medicaid providers with expansion plans ready to go after spending months and thousands of dollars preparing for the state’s new health homes initiative said they were “shocked” and “disappointed” that state officials abruptly chose to indefinitely delay much of the program’s implementation while giving the providers less than 24 hours' notice of the state’s decision to hit the pause button.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:57:10 +0000 Mike Shields 58265 at http://kcur.org Where KanCare Meets Obamacare http://kcur.org/post/where-kancare-meets-obamacare <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sam </span>Brownback<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> once called </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> “an abomination,” and with the federal health reform law now four years on the books bad-mouthing it has become a conservative Republican ritual.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Mike Shields 58213 at http://kcur.org Where KanCare Meets Obamacare Kansas Sees Significant Increase In Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment http://kcur.org/post/kansas-sees-significant-increase-medicaidchip-enrollment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unlike its neighboring states of Missouri and Nebraska, where significant decreases have been reported, Kansas has seen a significant jump in the number of people enrolled in its Medicaid/CHIP programs, even without loosening its relatively tight eligibility standards.</span></p><p>According to a new report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, enrollment in the programs — together branded as KanCare&nbsp;— rose in April to a historic high of 426,642 people, or roughly one in seven Kansans. That’s up from 396,374 in April 2013.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:17:14 +0000 Mike Shields 57448 at http://kcur.org KanCare Contractors Lost Money In First Year http://kcur.org/post/kancare-contractors-lost-money-first-year <p>The three private companies contracted to manage Medicaid services through KanCare lost money in the program's first year, according to a report released this week.</p><p>The total losses between the companies come to more than $100 million.</p><p>Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, is concerned that could lead to service reductions or the companies pulling out of the program altogether.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:16:48 +0000 Stephen Koranda 54970 at http://kcur.org Reports: FBI Investigation Involves Kansas Governor’s Office http://kcur.org/post/reports-fbi-investigation-involves-kansas-governor-s-office <p>The FBI is investigating possible influence peddling by former aides of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, <a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2014-04-26/sources-fbi-examines-lobbying-brownback-loyalists">according to a story</a> Sunday in The Topeka Capital-Journal.</p><p>The FBI is also looking into whether the governor’s office pressured the for-profit companies that run the state Medicaid system to use lobbyists from Parallel Strategies, a firm founded by the former aides, including the governor’s former chief of staff, David Kensinger, the newspaper reported.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:38:31 +0000 Alex Smith 54918 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 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 Green Light Expected Soon On Second Phase Of KanCare http://kcur.org/post/green-light-expected-soon-second-phase-kancare <p>A federal Medicaid official says Kansas is making "substantial progress" toward a major expansion of the Medicaid privatization program known as KanCare.</p><p>During a statewide teleconference Wednesday, Kansas officials said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is on the verge of approving the state’s plan to move residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the program. It would put residential, employment, and independent living services under the control of the private insurance companies that run KanCare.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:06:01 +0000 Bryan Thompson 50143 at http://kcur.org Green Light Expected Soon On Second Phase Of KanCare Last Part Of KanCare Overhaul Delayed, Again http://kcur.org/post/last-part-kancare-overhaul-delayed-again <p>Kansas will not be allowed to move forward with the plan to move long-term services for the state's intellectually and developmentally disabled to the <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-medicaid-overhaul-begins-next-month">KanCare program</a>.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:49:13 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 48947 at http://kcur.org Disabled Communities Prepare For KanCare Inclusion http://kcur.org/post/disabled-communities-prepare-kancare-inclusion <p><em>Editor's note: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services did not approve the inclusion of long-term services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled into KanCare, according to a <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/dec/27/dd-carve-not-approved-jan-1-launch/">report published this morning by the Kansas Health</a> Institute. We will update this post as more information becomes available.</em></p><p><em>The original story, reported prior to the report, starts here:</em></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:54:52 +0000 Alex Smith 48903 at http://kcur.org Disabled Communities Prepare For KanCare Inclusion Doctors, Hospitals Report Delays From KanCare Companies http://kcur.org/post/doctors-hospitals-report-delays-kancare-companies <p>On Monday morning, Kansas Department of Health and Environment director of Health Care Finance, Kari Bruffett, addressed a packed legislative oversight meeting about issues with Kansas' new privatized Medicaid program, KanCare. Her department oversees the work of the three managed care companies that started administering the program that was rolled out this year.</p><p>She said that most of the glitches that came at the start of KanCare have been fixed, and the new system is now working nearly as well as the old Medicaid system.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:54:34 +0000 Alex Smith 47414 at http://kcur.org Doctors, Hospitals Report Delays From KanCare Companies Tell KCUR: What's The Longest You've Been Without Health Insurance? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-whats-longest-youve-been-without-health-insurance <p>As part of KCUR’s ongoing reporting on health care in the Kansas City area, we wanted to know more about your experiences with gaps in health insurance.</p><p>W<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e reached out on social media and on the air, asking Kansas Citians about their longest breaks from insurance. <a href="https://twitter.com/@kcur">On Twitter</a>, we asked people to tell us through the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tellkcur">#TellKCUR</a> hashtag. </span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:03:25 +0000 Alyson Raletz 47196 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: What's The Longest You've Been Without Health Insurance? Is KanCare Working? http://kcur.org/post/kancare-working <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the beginning of the year, Kansas launched KanCare, the first fully privatized managed care system for delivering Medicaid coverage. It was introduced as a way to cut costs, but some people are finding the </span><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kancare-means-big-medicaid-cuts-prairie-village-man" style="line-height: 1.5;">cost-cutting is coming at expense of services</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:53:52 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton 47189 at http://kcur.org Is KanCare Working? KanCare Means Big Medicaid Cuts For Prairie Village Man http://kcur.org/post/kancare-means-big-medicaid-cuts-prairie-village-man <p></p><p>It's early evening at the Bullers' house in Prairie Village, and the family gathers around the table. The Bullers kids, Alora and Christian, talk school while their mother, Anne, serves dinner.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:00:12 +0000 Alex Smith 45732 at http://kcur.org KanCare Means Big Medicaid Cuts For Prairie Village Man 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 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 Kan. Lawmakers Approve Disabilities Plan, Despite Pushback http://kcur.org/post/kan-lawmakers-approve-disabilities-plan-despite-pushback <p>While the legislative session in Kansas has ended, many advocates for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are now worried about how the approved budget will affect services for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.</p><p>Advocates like Tom Laing, with the service organization InterHab, fought against a proposed plan that would move non medical services, like adult day care, into a new Medicaid managed care program called KanCare.</p><p>In the final moments of the legislative session, lawmakers moved forward with that plan.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:27:54 +0000 Elana Gordon 37849 at http://kcur.org KanCare Selection Period Ends Thursday http://kcur.org/post/kancare-selection-period-ends-thursday <p>The clock is ticking for the 380,000 Kansans whose health insurance comes through the Medicaid program now known as KanCare.&nbsp;</p><p>The KanCare program assigned each member to one of three private companies administering the benefits as of the first of the year.&nbsp; Members who prefer to switch to a different company have to do so no later than this Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p>At a recent educational meeting in Hays, KDHE policy and program analyst Effie Swanson said one reason to switch might be if your doctor is not signed up with your health plan’s network.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:03:12 +0000 Bryan Thompson 34380 at http://kcur.org KanCare Selection Period Ends Thursday KanCare Tour Rescheduled After Weather Cancellations http://kcur.org/post/kancare-tour-rescheduled-after-weather-cancellations <p>A series of informational meetings about KanCare has been rescheduled, after being cancelled due to snow storms last month.&nbsp;</p><p>Meetings for providers will take place March 18<sup>th</sup>, in Hays; March 19<sup>th</sup>, in Dodge City, and March 20<sup>th</sup>, in Wichita.&nbsp; Each of those sessions will run from one to three in the afternoon.</p><p>Meetings for consumers will be held in Hays March 18<sup>th</sup>, and in Wichita March 20<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Those events will take place from six to eight in the evening.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:25:50 +0000 Bryan Thompson 33100 at http://kcur.org KanCare Tour Rescheduled After Weather Cancellations Lower Cost & Better Care: Can KanCare Deliver? http://kcur.org/post/lower-cost-better-care-can-kancare-deliver <p>Medicaid is the second-largest program that Kansas operates, next only to education. And costs of the health program for the poor and disabled have been growing at a faster pace than most other programs. A desire to control those costs and improve care is why officials in Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have embarked on a massive plan to overhaul the system. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 03:10:18 +0000 Bryan Thompson 30406 at http://kcur.org Lower Cost & Better Care: Can KanCare Deliver? Kansas Medicaid Overhaul Begins Next Month http://kcur.org/post/kansas-medicaid-overhaul-begins-next-month <p>KanCare is arguably the biggest change in the history of Medicaid in Kansas. The proposal would privatize the entire program.</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:12:28 +0000 Bryan Thompson 28988 at http://kcur.org Kansas Medicaid Overhaul Begins Next Month Feds Approve Kansas Medicaid Overhaul http://kcur.org/post/feds-approve-kansas-medicaid-overhaul <p>Governor Sam Brownback's administration has been working on a plan to make sweeping changes to Medicaid in Kansas.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 21:29:53 +0000 Stephen Koranda 28708 at http://kcur.org Feds Approve Kansas Medicaid Overhaul KanCare: Ready Or Not? http://kcur.org/post/kancare-ready-or-not <p>Less than five months from now, the Kansas Medicaid program is scheduled to convert to a privatized system. In January, three for-profit, managed-care organizations will take over the federal/state program that pays for health care for low-income children, seniors and people with disabilities. The new Medicaid system is called KanCare. State officials have been conducting meetings across the state to help people prepare for the change.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:24:53 +0000 Bryan Thompson 22432 at http://kcur.org KanCare: Ready Or Not? Kansas Medicaid Sessions Wrap Up In Overland Park Today http://kcur.org/post/kansas-medicaid-sessions-wrap-overland-park-today <p>Kansas health officials have been touring the state this week, holding public education sessions on a plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. The plan, called KanCare, would move all beneficiaries into a managed care system. The state hopes to go live with the plan in January.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:15:55 +0000 Elana Gordon 22044 at http://kcur.org Kansas Medicaid Sessions Wrap Up In Overland Park Today Brownback's Administration Awards Medicaid Contracts http://kcur.org/post/brownbacks-administration-awards-medicaid-contracts <p>Governor Sam Brownback&#39;s administration today awarded contracts to three companies that will manage parts of the state&#39;s new Medicaid program, called KanCare.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:47:24 +0000 Stephen Koranda 20117 at http://kcur.org Brownback's Administration Awards Medicaid Contracts Kansas Medicaid Hearing Draws Extensive Criticism http://kcur.org/post/kansas-medicaid-hearing-draws-extensive-criticism <p>A crowd of more than 200 people packed a hearing room in Wichita Monday to sound-off about Governor Sam Brownback&#39;s plan to privatize the state&#39;s Medicaid system. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:25:13 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19632 at http://kcur.org Kansas Medicaid Hearing Draws Extensive Criticism Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-june-19-2012 <p>The Kansas school finance trial enters its third week. A plan to replace Medicaid in Kansas drew criticism at its first public hearing.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a double dose of Shakespeare in Kansas City.&nbsp; That &amp; more news from KCUR.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:06:20 +0000 Maria Carter 19631 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Top Of The Morning News: Monday, June 18, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-monday-june-18-2012 <p>Kansans can speak out on proposed changes to the Medicaid program.&nbsp; The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services tries to identify elder abuse cases.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a daily roundup of headlines from KCUR.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:31:25 +0000 Maria Carter 19563 at http://kcur.org Brownback Offers To Postpone Kancare For DD Waiver Services http://kcur.org/post/brownback-offers-postpone-kancare-dd-waiver-services <p>Shortly after hundreds of Kansans converged on the Statehouse to oppose one aspect of Gov. Sam Brownback&rsquo;s Medicaid reform plan, the governor has acceded to their demands&mdash;at least partially.</p><p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:23:33 +0000 Bryan Thompson 16625 at http://kcur.org