Documents for March 2011

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Kan-ed Annual Report

March 29, 2011

Kan-ed annual report, 2010.

HB 2390

March 29, 2011

House Bill 2390 would repeal the law that created Kan-ed, a broadband network that links the state's hospitals, schools and libraries.

New foster-care release form

March 28, 2011

A new release form was created by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in response to requests from legislators seeking to take a closer look at foster-care case files.

Mike Hammond letter

March 24, 2011

A letter sent to the Senate Ways and Means committee regarding SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki. According to Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, Siedlecki coerced Hammond into writing the letter of support for his nomination as a result of an email that said Siedlecki intended to disregard legislative intent when spending SRS's appropriation.

Email regarding SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki

March 24, 2011

An email sent to a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee regarding comments made by SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki during a meeting of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers. According to the email, Siedlecki said he would reallocate legislative appropriations to "fund initiatives that were of interest to him."

Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions

March 23, 2011

A Mini-Grant Workshop was held on March 21, 2011. KDHE presented this PowerPoint at the workshop, Navigating the Road to Community Change: Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch statement on MOE

March 21, 2011

Press statement from U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch calling on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to waive Medicaid maintenance-of-effort requirements for the states.

Congressional Research Service memo

March 21, 2011

A memo from the Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress, to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in response to a question whether the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources has legal authority to waive Medicaid maintenance-of-efforts requirements included in the Affordable Care Act.

New version of HB 2340

March 18, 2011

In a procedural move intended to keep the measure alive, the House Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday amended the language previoiusly contained in HB 2039 into HB 2340. The bill would eliminate the exemption in state law that allows smoking on the gaming floors of state-owned casinos.

SCR 1604

March 18, 2011

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1604 introduced Feb. 9, 2011. The proposal would add a provision to the Kansas Constitution saying that no one could be compelled to buy health insurance.

Clark Testimony

March 17, 2011

Testimony by Utah State Rep. David Clark to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, March 17, 2011.

Praeger testimony

March 17, 2011

Testimony by Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger about health insurance exchanges and ongoing state implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act presented to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on March 17, 2011.

Sharfstein Testimony

March 17, 2011

Testimony by Dr. Joshua Sharfstein of the Maryland health department to the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, March 17, 2011.

ER Use by Medicaid Clients

March 16, 2011

"Medicaid: Reviewing the Uses of Emergency Room Services by Medicaid Clients," an audit report presented to the Kansas Legislative Post Audit Committee, March 16, 2011.

SB 199

March 16, 2011

Senate Bill 199

How Can States Build an Exchange

March 15, 2011

Presentation from Getinsured.com CEO Chini Krishnan to members of the Kansas Insurance Department's health insurance exchange working group on March 15, 2011.

Building an Integrated State Health Insurance Exchange

March 15, 2011

A presentation given to members of the Kansas Insurance Department health insurance exchange working group on March 15, 2011 by Choice Administrators CEO Ron Goldstein.

Summary of Remaking Kansas Medicaid Proposals

March 14, 2011

A summary of more than 120 suggestions for cutting Kansas Medicaid costs solicited by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

SEK Regional Health Initiative Mini-Grant Application

March 14, 2011

The SEK mini-grants will provide $2,000 to each of nine counties in the Southeast Kansas Regional Health Coalition that successfully complete the required application. Eligible counties include Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson. The intent of these grants is to promote county- and region-wide collaboration for the development of community-based initiatives that use scientific evidence to promote healthy lifestyles among residents in Southeast Kansas. Recipients will be expected to use The Guide to Community Preventive Services to inform their efforts to promote healthy lifestyles in their counties and communities.

Brownback MOE waiver request

March 10, 2011

A letter from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat and former Kansas governor, asking for a waiver from federal laws requiring that states maintain certain levels of Medicaid services or spending.

MOE requirements explainer

March 10, 2011

"Holding the Line on Medicaid and CHIP: Key Questions and Answers About Health Care Reform's Maintenance-of-Effort Requirements," a March 26, 2010 brief prepared by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families.

Proposed regulations for innovation waivers

March 10, 2011

Proposed HHS regulations for health reform innovation waivers published March 10, 2011 in the Federal Register.

Healthy Communities Wyandotte Mini-Grant Application

March 10, 2011

The Healthy Communities Wyandotte Mini-Grant provides up to $10,000 to county-wide organizations for the development of community-based initiatives that use scientific evidence to promote healthy lifestyles among residents in Wyandotte County, with a specific focus on improving the built environment. Recipients will be expected to use The Guide to Community Preventive Services to inform their efforts to promote healthy lifestyles in Wyandotte County.

Executive Order 10-06

March 9, 2011

Executive order from Gov. Mark Parkinson creating Kansas Health Information Exchange, Inc.

KHIE Organizational Chart

March 9, 2011

Organizational chart for Kansas Health Information Exchange, Inc., a non-profit corporation created to assure that Kansas develops a statewide health information exchange.

Testimony-Dr. Melinda Miner

March 8, 2011

Testimony by Dr. Melinda Miner in favor of SB 192 presented to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.

Testimony-Dr. Daniel Minnis

March 8, 2011

Testimony by Dr. Daniel Minnis to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee regarding Senate Bill 192.

Senate Bill 192

March 8, 2011

Senate Bill 192 would create a new class of dental caregiver.

Testimony-Dr. Ron Nagel

March 8, 2011

Testimony by Dr. Ron Nagel on SB 192 to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.

SB 142, the "transparency act"

March 7, 2011

The bill supported by Kansas Judicial Council the Bar Association and others.

Substitute HB 2069, the "apology act"

March 7, 2011

The bill supported by Sisters of Charity. Legal lobbyists support a scaled back bill, SB 142.

Medicaid MOE letter

March 7, 2011

Letter from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advising governors about Medicaid maintenance of effort under the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius flexibility letter

March 7, 2011

Feb. 3, 2011 letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to state governors advising of her agency's interest in providing flexibility to the states with regards to health reform and Medicaid.

Sebelius letter to Brewer

March 7, 2011

Letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Medicaid Savings Options

March 7, 2011

Medicaid savings options presented by the Kansas Health Policy Authority to the Kansas Legislature, April 26, 2010.

Oregon Health Action Plan

March 4, 2011

A health reform plan developed by the Oregon Health Policy Board.

Enhanced Care Management Evaluation Report

March 3, 2011

Enhanced Care Management of Sedgwick County, Internal Evaluation Report for activity between March 1, 2007 and Aug. 31, 2007. Compiled by Ruth Wetta-Hall of the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita.

NY Medicaid Redesign Proposal List

March 3, 2011

New York's Medicaid Redesign Team endorsed 79 recommendations for saving an estimated $2.3 billion. This is a list of the proposals.

Fiscal 2009 State Expenditure Report

March 3, 2011

A comparison of program spending by the 50 states in the 2009 fiscal year.

Medicaid Efficiencies RFI

March 3, 2011

A summary of responses to the Kansas Health Policy Authority's Request for Information (RFI) on possible Medicaid cost efficiencies. The summary was presented to the KHPA board on Jan. 25, 2011.

NY Medicaid Proposal Descriptions

March 3, 2011

Descriptions for 79 Medicaid cost-cutting recommendations endorsed by New York's Medicaid Redesign Team.

Letter to Kansas senators

March 2, 2011

A letter from seven Kansas advocacy groups to U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas urging them to vote against HR 1, the budget resolution adopted by the U.S. House.

Families USA study

March 2, 2011

"Worry Less, Spend Less: Out-of-Pocket Spending Caps Protect Families in Kansas," a February 2011, report by Families USA, a national consumer group. The study concluded that the Affordable Care Act would likely reduce medical costs for more than 150,000 Kansans.