Topeka To Host Public KanCare Meeting Tuesday

By: Release from Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment (Posted by Amanda Lanum)
By: Release from Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment (Posted by Amanda Lanum)

TOPEKA, Kan. -- The State of Kansas intends to seek an amendment to the KanCare Section 1115 demonstration from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and has scheduled public meetings in Wichita and Topeka for July 15 and 16, respectively. A notice has been published in the June 27 Kansas Register.

KanCare is Kansas' new Medicaid delivery system that launched Jan. 1, 2013.

Kansas plans to request CMS approval for three changes to KanCare, effective Jan. 1, 2014:

1. Kansas will ask CMS for approval to provide long term supports and services (LTSS) to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through the KanCare managed care plans. Under the current waiver, these services are carved out from managed care and paid on a fee-for-service basis.

2. Kansas will ask CMS to approve three new pilot programs designed to support Kansans who might otherwise be enrolled in Medicaid: (1) a Social Security Alternative Pilot; (2) a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Employment Support Pilot; and (3) a Health Account Pilot.

3. Kansas will ask CMS to postpone implementation of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Pool of funds by one year, so that it will begin in demonstration year 3 (2015) instead of demonstration year 2 (2014).

The State held a public meeting to solicit comments on the KanCare amendment in Wichita Monday, July 15. A second is planned for 10 a.m., July 16, at the Downtown Ramada, Madison Ball Room, 420 SE 6th St., Topeka.

The State is also making teleconference access available for the July 16 meeting. The participant dial-in number for the event will be 866-491-3158.

Comments on this proposed demonstration amendment can be emailed to KanCare@kdheks.gov or mailed to ATTN: Rita Haverkamp, KDHE-DHCF, 900 SW Jackson, Room 900, Topeka, 66612. The State will be accepting public comments until July 29, 2013.


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