KanCare Gives Kansas Jobs Boost

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Three managed care organizations have increased their presence in Kansas with staff and facilities as they prepare to begin implementing the KanCare system of Medicaid services.

The hiring of several hundred employees _ and more likely in the coming years _ is an unexpected bonus for Gov. Sam Brownback. New hires mean more revenue and economic activity in Kansas while the state looks to save nearly $1 billion over five years by curbing the growth in its share of health care costs.

Kansas awarded the management contracts in June to Amerigroup Corp.; Sunflower State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene Corp., and United Healthcare. Each has hired several hundred employees to execute their contract.

The 395,000 KanCare participants will be assigned to one of the three MCOs.