Hundreds Rally Over Brownback's Medicaid Overhaul

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hundreds of developmentally disabled Kansas residents and advocates for them have rallied at the Statehouse against part of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

Participants in Wednesday's rally don't want services for the developmentally disabled included when the state turns management of its $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program over to three private companies.

The administration plans to issue contracts this summer. Medicaid covers health care for the poor, elderly and disabled.

The rally's participants created a temporary display of personal objects on the Statehouse's south steps to urge the administration
to change its plans.

House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid, an Olathe Republican, said he'll introduce a proposal this week to delay including long-term care for the developmentally disabled in the contracts for a year.

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