State Launches KanCare Website

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The state launched a new web site Tuesday to answer questions about the new Medicaid program, KanCare.

The site is www.kancare.ks.gov. Staff from the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment and Kansas Dept. for Aging and Disability Services spent three months developing it.

KanCare is the new integrated system coordinating medical, behavioral and long-term care services for Medicaid consumers beginning January 1, 2013. Long-term services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities switch to the new system January 1, 2014.

The change affects 380,000 Kansans.

The site is designed to help families, doctors, community developmental disability organizations and individual service providers through the system transition and beyond.

Complete news release from KDHE:
TOPEKA—The State of Kansas has developed and launched a website for the new Medicaid program, KanCare. The Web address is www.kancare.ks.gov.

The site was created in-house over the past three months by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. It contains information and material from KDHE’s former KanCare Web page plus more content to assist Medicaid consumers and service providers during the system transition.

“The website we’re announcing today can help Kansas families, doctors, Community Developmental Disability Organizations and individual service providers make informed decisions about their participation in KanCare. In 2013, once KanCare is underway, the site will serve as the launching pad for all Medicaid-related content and applications in Kansas,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced his plan for KanCare in November 2011 following a nearly yearlong public input process. This new integrated system of care coordination will cover the medical, behavioral health, and long-term care services for all Medicaid consumers beginning Jan. 1, 2013, with the exception of long-term services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, which will launch Jan. 1, 2014.

“We hope you’ll visit the KanCare website to learn more about a program that’s vital to the health of more than 380,000 Kansans,” said Moser. “The goal with KanCare is to improve outcomes for our consumers while sustaining these essential services – and we’re accomplishing this without reducing eligibility or cutting provider rates. Through the participation of consumers, providers and advocates in the stakeholder input process, we’ve been able to tailor Kansas’ Medicaid program to meet the needs of our state.”


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