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UPDATE: Kansas legislators review social service issues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative oversight committee is raising questions about trends in state programs to provide health and social services for eligible residents.

Tuesday's discussion by the committee includes reviews of cost estimates for providing health care for the poor and disabled, as well as temporary assistance to low-income residents.

Legislators are asking whether the cost estimates are related to changes in state policy for cash assistance programs and the new KanCare Medicaid system.

KanCare is administered by three private insurance companies. Kansas privatized the program in 2013 to reduce the growth of health care costs, which are shared by state and federal sources.

The oversight committee will also hear concerns about KanCare in the afternoon from consumers and advocacy groups.


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A Kansas legislative oversight committee is holding a daylong hearing to review the state's KanCare system for providing Medicaid to the poor, elderly and disabled.

The committee meeting Tuesday includes a discussion of the state's waiting lists for people seeking home and community-based services, as well as recent estimates for demand for those services over the next 18 months.

KanCare is the state's Medicaid program, administered by three private insurance companies. Kansas privatized the program in 2013 to reduce the growth of health care costs, which are shared by state and federal sources.

The oversight committee will also hear concerns about KanCare in the afternoon from consumers and advocacy groups. KanCare managers will respond to concerns that are raised.


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