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KanCare benefit packages outlined

By Dave Ranney | September 26, 2012


Comparison of benefit packages offered by KanCare MCOs

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State officials today released a side-by-side comparison of the “value-added” packages being offered by the KanCare managed care companies.

The two-page chart also has been posted on the KanCare website.

Kari Bruffett, director of health care finance at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, distributed copies of the comparison during a meeting of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services Oversight.

The packages, she said, include different incentives aimed at promoting preventive dental care for adults, wellness checks, prenatal and postnatal doctor’s office visits, smoking cessation, weight loss and exercise.

Some but not all of the packages include covering the costs of a child’s membership in YMCA, 4-H, or a Boys and Girls Club, free in-home pest control, pet therapy, respite care for caregivers and job training.

Bruffett said Medicaid enrollees will be encouraged to choose the plan that’s best suited to meet their needs.

The plans, she said, are designed to promote completion, improve enrollees’ health and increase efficiency.

KanCare is Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for letting managed care companies administer the state’s $2.8 billion-a-year Medicaid program.

The state’s 380,000 Medicaid enrollees — children, pregnant women, frail elders and the disabled — will be auto-assigned to one of the three managed care companies’ plans in late October or early November, officials said at a meeting today of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services Oversight.

Then, enrollees will have at least 45 days to switch to whichever plan they prefer.

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