Hundreds Rally Over Kansas Governor's Medicaid Overhaul

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Hundreds of developmentally disabled Kansas residents and advocates for them have rallied at the Statehouse against part of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

Participants in Wednesday's rally don't want services for the developmentally disabled included when the state turns management of its $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program over to three private companies.

The administration plans to issue contracts this summer. Medicaid covers health care for the poor, elderly and disabled.

The rally's participants created a temporary display of personal objects on the Statehouse's south steps to urge the administration to change its plans.

House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid, an Olathe Republican, said he'll introduce a proposal this week to delay including long-term care for the developmentally disabled in the contracts for a year.


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