Thursday, November 10, 2011

Medicaid Reform

This week Governor Sam Brownback and Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., accompanied by KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, M.D., Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan and SRS Secretary Robert Seidlecki, announced plans to reform the state's Medicaid system. The plan is "based on three criteria: improving quality care for Kansans receiving Medicaid; controlling costs of the program; and long-lasting reforms that improve the quality of health and wellness of Kansans." It instigates a person-centered care coordination program called KanCare. The KanCare plan is based upon Medicaid statistics and public forum meetings held this past summer. Parts of the plan are subject to Legislative approval. KanCare will take effect January 2013.

This plan includes renaming and reassigning duties among the Kansas Department on Aging, Kansas Department on Health and Environment, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and the Juvenile Justice Authority.

Watch the video of the announcement:

See the text of the announcement:

Read the executive summary:

Learn more through the Frequently Asked Questions:

See a chart of the reassigned agency duties:

Public input from stakeholders report which instigated these changes:

Medicaid Public Forum summary:

Current Medicaid statistics:

Article contact: Kim Harp

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