Ex-Health Insurance Exec Questions Medicaid Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, March 13, 2012

A former health insurance executive is raising questions about Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to move the state's Medicaid program to a managed-care system.

Wendell Potter spoke to advocates for the disabled and testified before a Kansas Senate committee Tuesday about his concerns over
the proposal, called KanCare. He is a former public relations specialist for Humana and Cigna.

Potter told the advocates that he does not question Brownback's motives for suggesting the changes. But he says there are better ways to serve vulnerable citizens than turning health care over to for-profit insurance companies.

Currently, five insurance companies are bidding for three state Medicaid contracts. KanCare is scheduled to take affect Jan. 1.

Brownback officials said Tuesday that KanCare will provide better
management of all services.

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