Kansas Health Policy Authority Looking At $6M In Cuts

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - The Kansas Health Policy Authority Board is looking at what it can put on the chopping block.

The KHPA Board began work Tuesday on trimming up to $6 million in state Medicaid and SCHIP expenses for the next fiscal year.

“The state’s revenue picture remains very uncertain,” KHPA Acting Executive Director Dr. Andrew Allison saidin a statement. “The options we’re developing are intended to improve efficiency, patient safety, equity, and personal responsibility, but in some cases it’s hard to save money without having an impact on the providers and families that participate in our programs."

KHPA has been asked to submit a budget that includes a 5-percent reduction in State General Fund expenditures, excluding direct Medicaid caseload costs. Among action the board is considering:

*Charging a co-pay for some emergency room visits for non-emergency care.
*Increase HealthWave premiums by either $10 or $20 per family, per month.
*Streamline and expand the use of Prior Authorization requirements for certain medical services.
*Align professional fees for medical services at the current average of 84% of Medicare rates.
*Implement a pharmacy management program for mental health prescription drugs.

The Board is expected to vote on a proposed budget at its next regular meeting Sept. 15.

Gov. Mark Parkinson will consider their actions as he forms an overall state budget to propose to the state legislature in January.


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