KHI News Service

Brownback administration posts Website for Medicaid tips

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | July 12, 2011

The new KDHE site where members of the public are invited to fill out a form outlining their suggestions for reforming Medicaid in Kansas.

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The administration of Gov. Sam Brownback continues to solicit ideas from the public on how to reform the state's Medicaid program.

A task force of various cabinet members led by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, an Overland Park plastic surgeon, has held three public forums across the the state seeking public input and now has created a Web page where members of the public are invited to fill out a form outlining their suggestions.

The Medicaid Reform Working Group, as the task force is called, is looking for ways to cut $200 million or more in state Medicaid spending in time for fiscal 2013, which begins July 1, 2012.

The governor, Colyer and others have said they hope to cut costs while improving services or health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries.

“I want to thank all of the Kansans who took time out of their lives to come give their input into a very important issue," Colyer said in a prepared statement announcing the new Web page. "The state’s Medicaid system needs a lot of help and I’m happy that we have been able to hear from so many Kansans at the public forums. Now, the Web submission tool will give even more Kansans the ability to share their input with us. I encourage all Kansans to use this convenient tool to participate in the Medicaid reform process.”

Colyer has said he plans a fourth and final public forum sometime next month in the Kansas City area. Details of that forum have yet to be announced.