Kansas budget plan ends ‘carve out’ for disabilities

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are backing the Brownback administration’s desires to shift services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled into the state’s new managed care system, a move opposed by disability advocates.

The plan ends a special exemption, or carve-out as it is called, for developmental disability services and puts those clients in the state’s KanCare health system, which is managed by three private health insurance companies.

Advocates are wary of putting the services in the hands of insurance companies

Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies believe that the Medicaid overhaul that took effect in January will cut the state’s costs and provide better-coordinated and more effective care.

Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, an Olathe Republican, said studies suggest that bringing the developmentally disabled under a managed care system produces the best outcomes.

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