Advocates Rally Against Kancare

By: Ariana Cohen Email
By: Ariana Cohen Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Last year, it was announced that the state's Kancare Medicaid care plan will turn control of people with developmental disabilities to 3 for-profit insurance companies beginning in 2014.

That has met strong opposition.

"We believe it will be detrimental to the interest of the folks that we serve to be carved back in to a medical model," said Tom Laing, Executive Director of InterHab.

The so-called "Dear Governor" rally outside the Capitol was designed to convince Governor Brownback and legislatures to exclude the long term service care from Kancare.

"Long term care is not a one size fits all. Everybody is different and and everybody with disabilities is different and the level of care is different," said rally advocate, Aldora Carney.

Ralliers wrote down their thoughts saying " we want people who care" in hopes that the Governor and legislatures read their messages.

InterHab leaders and advocates say the system they have in place now is already working.

"It's not broke, don't fix it and everything we have right now is working fine," said rally advocate, Joe Cheray.

Governor Brownback says, "I just disagree with that. With Kancare what we've been able to do is buy down the waiting list. And we need to take care of people in our state and we are going to do that."

At the wrap up session, Kansas lawmakers will be making a final decision.

"It's not worth gambling over. This is not, you know, you are playing with people's lives and its not worth it," said Cheray.

Following the rally, persons with developmental disabilities and their families visited with legislators inside the Capitol urging them to take action and eliminate the long-term care portion of Kancare.

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