KHI News Service

More than 120 ideas submitted for changing Kansas Medicaid

KHPA expected to post the proposals on its Website this afternoon

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | March 14, 2011


Summary of Remaking Kansas Medicaid Proposals

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The Kansas Health Policy Authority is expected to soon publish on its website more than 100 proposals for curbing state Medicaid costs.

The ideas were solicited by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who is leading a Brownback administration team tasked with remaking Kansas Medicaid. The cut-off date for submitting the ideas was Feb. 28. Colyer's team is looking for between $200 million and $400 million in savings or cuts that it can propose about a year from now as part of the fiscal 2013 budget


Kansas Medicaid Director Barb Langer last week reviewed and categorized the suggestions, which were submitted by more than 45 different organizations and more than a dozen individuals.

The proposals have been divided by the health policy authority into 14 categories ranging from administrative reorganization to payment reform. Details of the proposals will be posted to the health policy authority's Website once they have been reviewed by the subcabinet team Colyer is leading, officials said, perhaps within the next day or two. A summary of the suggestions was provided to KHI News Service.

The greatest number of recommendations, 17, fell under the category of "Benefit Changes," most of which proposed expansions of current benefits. One suggestion was to eliminate coverage for "circumcision."

The next largest number of suggestions, 16, came under the category of "eligibility," with ideas that included changes in assessment and care planning for those entering long-term care facilities and integrating Medicaid patients into the private insurance market.

There were 12 separate proposals for "payment reforms," according to a summary of the suggestions prepared by the health policy authority.