Governor Names Members of KanCare Advisory Council

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today the members of the KanCare Advisory Council. The council consists of 20 members, including representatives of consumer groups moving into integrated care under Kansas’ Medicaid reform.

“KanCare is the result of involved, detailed study and planning that began more than a year ago. Thousands of Kansans took part in that process. This advisory council will continue to provide the Administration with ongoing insight and recommendations as we move forward with the implementation of KanCare,” Governor Brownback said. “I look forward to working with such a diverse group to ensure the best person-centered care coordination model in the country.”

The council has representatives from mental health, substance abuse, disabilities, doctors, hospitals, pharmacists, seniors, tribal organizations, family members, legislators and consumers.

· Andy Brown, Lawrence, representing children’s advocate network
· John Calbeck, M.D., Garden City, representing substance abuse providers
· Bernie Mayse, Overland Park, representing physically disabled Medicaid consumers
· Representative Brenda Landwehr, Wichita, representing the Kansas House of Representatives
· Craig Concannon, M.D., FACP, Beloit, representing medical providers
· Dave Geist, Dodge City, representing area aging agencies
· Senator Vicki Schmidt, Topeka, representing the Kansas Senate
· David Sanford, Wichita, representing primary care providers
· Kevin Bryant, M.D., C.M.D., Wichita, representing nursing facility providers
· Audrey Schremmer-Phillips, Wamego, representing independent living centers
· Senator Alan Schmidt, Hays, representing the Kansas Senate
· Larry Martin, Valley Falls, representing senior Medicaid consumers
· Mary Barba, Topeka, representing developmental disabled Medicaid consumers
· Collin McKinney, Valley Center, representing developmental disability service providers
· Mike Conlin, R.Ph, F.A.C.A., F.I.A.C.P., C.E.A.C., Topeka, representing community pharmacists
· Randy Johnson, MA, CPS, Lawrence, representing mental health care Medicaid consumers
· Steve Kelly, Newton, representing hospitals
· Representative Jerry Henry, Cummings, representing the Kansas House of Representatives
· Susette Schwartz, Wichita, representing health clinics and tribal organizations
· Walt Hill, Hays, representing mental health care providers

The council will hold its first meeting later this month in Topeka.


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