KANCARE CONTRACTS SIGNED ; STATE AGREEMENTS BEGIN OVERHAUL OF MEDICAID SYSTEM [Topeka Capital Journal (KS)]
|By Tim Carpenter; Tim Carpenter THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL|
The state of
Brownback administration officials believe handing
Subsidiaries of these out-of-state companies will offer competing plans so
"These new KanCare plans will provide our most vulnerable Kansans with superior service at a more sustainable price," said Lt. Gov.
Colyer said shifting
The Brownback administration is seeking federal approval of contracts, rates and a
Imposition of KanCare was the source of controversy during the 2012 Legislature. Lawmakers urged Brownback to delay the transfer, and the governor reluctantly agreed to a one-year postponement for people with developmental disabilities.
"While cost savings may have been at the center of the selection process, without robust benefits for pregnant women and children, it is unlikely the selected contractors will achieve the improved health outcomes that have been promised," she said.
The Brownback administration estimated rates negotiated by the state and contractors would produce savings from KanCare of
KanCare will cover medical, behavioral health and long-term care services for all
Sunflower State Health Plan is a subsidiary of
The two bidding companies that didn't receive a contract were
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