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Sept. 20, 2012
TOPEKA The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has scheduled more informational sessions on KanCare, Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to remake the state's Medicaid program.
Officials said the meetings would be targeted at people currently receiving Medicaid services, their family members and friends, service providers, advocacy groups and others interested in the various services that would be offered under KanCare, ranging from nursing home care for the elderly to in-home services for the physically disabled or mentally ill.
There will be afternoon and evening sessions in each location with the first session from 1 to 3 p.m. geared toward Medicaid service providers and the second session from 6 to 8 p.m. geared mostly to consumers.
The new program is scheduled to start Jan. 1, pending federal approvals. Brownback officials also have said they expect the new program to reduce the growth in federal and state Medicaid spending in Kansas by $1 billion over five years.
"With all of the details we now have on the KanCare program, it’s important for us to meet in person with the people directly associated with Medicaid and HealthWave to ensure that complete information about this transition is provided," said KDHE secretary Dr. Robert Moser.
Any person with a disability may request accommodations, such as Braille or an interpreter, in order to participate in a meeting, however, transportation is not provided. Requests for this accommodation should be made at least two working days in advance of the meeting by contacting KanCare@kdheks.gov or by calling Rita Haverkamp at (785) 296-5107.
Dates and locations for the meetings are:
Sept. 24 — Manhattan
Holiday Inn at Campus, Banquet Room, 1641 Anderson Avenue
Sept. 24 — Pittsburg
Memorial Auditorium Theater, 503 North Pine Street
Sept. 24 — Colby
Colby Community College Cultural, Arts Center, Frahm Theater, 1255 S. Range Avenue
Sept. 24 — Dodge City
Dodge City Senior Center, 2408 Central
Sept. 25 — Atchison
Atchison Heritage Conference Center, Mercantile Room, 710 South 9th Street
Sept. 25 — Chanute
Neosho Community College, Sanders Hall Auditorium, 800 W 14th Street
Sept. 25 — Russell
Fossil Creek Hotel & Suites, 1430 South Fossil
Sept. 25 — Pratt
Pratt County Community College, Carpenter Auditorium, 348 NE State Road 61
Sept. 26 — Olathe
Holiday Inn, Ballroom A/B, 101 W. 151st Street
Sept. 26 — Emporia
Emporia Senior Center, 603 E. 12th Avenue
Sept. 26 — Hutchinson
Hutchinson Community College, Stringer Fine Arts Center, Gallery Theatre, 1300 North Plum
Sept. 26 — El Dorado
El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central
Sept. 27 — Teleconference
Providers – 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Consumers – 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Participant Dial-In: 866-524-0571
This call will have operator-assisted questions. Presentation materials and handouts will be posted here no later than the day before the teleconference, said KDHE officials.
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