Kansas Finance Council Oks Funding Requests

By: AP posted by Amanda Lanum
By: AP posted by Amanda Lanum

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A special council of Kansas officials has approved releasing $1 million to implement the state's new system for administering Medicaid services.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment asked the State Finance Council to approve funds on Wednesday for the billing system for KanCare, the state's revised Medicaid program.

Legislators approved spending the money on the billing system during their 2012 session, if federal officials approved a waiver sought to allow Kansas to make changes to the Medicaid program. That approval came Friday, allowing the changes to begin Jan. 1.

The council also approved spending $559,000 in the latest installment of pay raises for state workers who earn below the market wage. The increases covered correctional workers and juvenile justice employees.

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