Kansas Sets 2 Public Hearings On Medicaid Overhaul

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas officials will hold two public hearings this month on Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul the state's $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program.

The hearings are scheduled June 18 in Wichita and June 20 in Topeka, ahead of the submission of a revised request for a federal go-ahead of the overhaul.

Medicaid is funded jointly by states and the federal government to provide health coverage for the poor, disabled and elderly.

Kansas plans to turn the management of its Medicaid program over to three private health insurers but needs the federal government to waive some rules.

The state applied for a waiver in April. It later discovered it hadn't notified two Indian health clinics of its plans and wanted to solicit their comments.

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