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Sept. 4, 2012
TOPEKA The State of Kansas today launched a website designed to answer questions about KanCare, Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for using managed care companies to remake the state’s Medicaid program.
The website, www.kancare.ks.gov, also includes a link meant to help Medicaid providers — a group that includes doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes and home health agencies — sign up with the managed care companies that will be administering KanCare.
Providers are encouraged to enroll with each of the three companies, or risk of having some of their Medicaid patients assigned to another provider.
Another link allows beneficiaries to begin the process for choosing the company that will managed their care.
The website assures beneficiaries that under KanCare they will continue to receive the services they’re getting now.
KanCare is scheduled to launch Jan. 1, pending the needed federal approvals.
The website is a joint project of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
“We hope (people will) visit the KanCare website to learn more about a program that’s vital to the health of more than 380,000 Kansans,” KDHE Secretary Dr. Robert Moser said in a prepared statement.
“The goal with KanCare is to improve outcomes for our consumers while sustaining these essential services — and we’re accomplishing this without reducing eligibility or cutting provider rates. Through the participation of consumers, providers and advocates in the stakeholder input process, we’ve been able to tailor Kansas’ Medicaid program to meet the needs of our state,” he said.
→ House GOP leaders pen letter backing DD supports in KanCare (5/17/13)
→ More than 1,000 rally at Statehouse for DD carve-out (5/8/13)
→ Nothing to be done about coverage gap in states not expanding Medicaid, feds say (4/29/13)
→ As KanCare continuity of care period ends, problems persist; legislators starting to hear about it (4/8/13)
→ Advocates raise concerns over possible reductions in KanCare services (3/28/13)
→ Conferees agree on KanCare oversight committee (3/28/13)
→ DD advocates push to extend KanCare "carve-out" (3/20/13)
→ Safety-net clinics struggling with KanCare (3/4/13)
→ Major medical provider groups ask for longer KanCare transition (2/13/13)
→ Lawmakers and providers assess KanCare transition (1/28/13)
→ Five-part series: "Lower cost and better care: Can KanCare deliver?" (1/14/13)
→ Independence of KanCare ombudsman questioned (1/7/13)
→ KanCare special terms and conditions spelled out by CMS in a document (12/28/12)
→ KanCare workforce shift hampering local agencies (12/10/12)
→ Governor announces KanCare approval by feds (12/7/12)
→ More KanCare implementation details outlined (12/3/12)
→ Federal officials say they hope to act soon on KanCare waiver request (11/28/12)
→ New KanCare info included on state website (11/20/12)
→ Groups call for KanCare delay (11/8/12)
→ Go/no-go date looms this week for KanCare (10/15/12)
→ KanCare benefit packages outlined (9/26/12)
→ Provider groups nervous about lack of KanCare details (9/13/12)
→ KanCare Confidential (9/10/12)
→ KanCare contracts awarded (6/27/12)
→ KanCare plan panned again at public hearing (6/20/12)
→ Wichita KanCare forum draws more than 200 (6/19/12)
→ Medicaid makeover: Can Kansas learn from Kentucky? (6/11/12)
→ Hundreds protest inclusion of disability services in KanCare (4/25/12)
→ Counties weighing in on KanCare (4/9/12)
→ Hospital administrator to chair KanCare Advisory Council (3/29/12)
→ Brownback Medicaid makeover an “ambitious” plan (3/28/12)
→ KanCare bidders heavily courting Medicaid providers (3/19/12)
→ Legislators push to delay KanCare start (3/7/12)
→ Brownback announces managed care for all in Medicaid (11/8/11)
→ Kansas Medicaid makeover in the works (3/7/11)
→ Full Medicaid and KanCare coverage
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