Brownback Celebrates Reorganization Of Agencies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Monday, July 2, 2012

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback marks a milestone in his administration's efforts to curb the growth in Medicaid spending by reorganizing state agencies.

A ceremony Monday at the Statehouse highlighted the completion of reorganization of social services agencies that provide programs to families, children, the elderly and residents with disabilities.

Kansas now has a Department of Children and Families, replacing the former Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, which is narrowing its mission.

The former Department on Aging has been expanded into the Department on Aging and Disability Services, picking up former SRS programs providing long-term care for the disabled.

Brownback's administration issued contracts last week to three private companies to manage the $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program, which covers health care for the poor, disabled and elderly.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback plans to celebrate a reorganization of state social services agencies prompted by the administration's efforts to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

The Statehouse ceremony on tap for Monday morning comes a day after the reorganization took effect.

Kansas now has a Department of Children and Families, replacing the former Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The new agency is smaller than SRS, shedding involvement in Medicaid to focus on services for families.

The former Department on Aging has been expanded into the Department on Aging and Disability Services, picking up former SRS programs providing long-term care for the disabled.

Brownback's administration issued contracts last week to three private companies to manage the $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program, which covers health care for the poor, disabled and elderly.


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