Public invited to comment on the new Medicaid program

KHI News Service-

TOPEKA — State officials have scheduled an hour-long public forum next week in Topeka to hear comments about KanCare, the Medicaid makeover initiative that was launched Jan. 1 by Gov. Sam Brownback.

The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 SW 10th St. It will precede the meeting of the KanCare Advisory Council.

State officials said they would collect comments made during the forum and include a summary of them in their next quarterly report to federal officials on the status of the KanCare program, which was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a so-called Section 1115 demonstration project.

The goals of the five-year project are to reduce Medicaid costs while improving health outcomes for the program’s beneficiaries. More than 380,000 Kansans are enrolled in the program.

The Brownback initiative moved all the state’s Medicaid enrollees into health plans managed by private insurance companies.

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