KHI News Service

KanCare open enrollment approaches

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | November 18, 2013

Open enrollment for thousands of the state's KanCare enrollees will start Dec. 1 and run through March 2, 2014, state Medicaid officials announced today.

Enrollment packets are being put in the mail and members can expect to receive them by the end of the month, officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a prepared statement.

KanCare was the name given the state's Medicaid program by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback when it moved virtually all the state's 380,000 Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care plans run by three insurance companies: Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare and Sunflower State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene. The initiative was launched Jan. 1.

Medicaid enrollees initially were "auto-assigned" to one of the three plans by the state, but then had 90 days to choose an alternative from another of the companies, if they preferred.

The upcoming open enrollment period is for those who were enrolled in a plan effective Jan. 1. Those who enrolled at later dates will reach their next open enrollment period on their plan anniversary date.

Officials said people who don't want to change plans, need not do anything to continue the coverage.

KanCare members who have open enrollment questions may call KanCare Consumer Assistance at 1-866-305-5147.

There also is more information about KanCare open enrollment and a video message from KanCare Ombudsman James Bart on the KanCare website.

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