State pushes to put more people under KanCare coverage

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There’s a push to put more people under the KanCare Medicaid system.

The state is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS to place services for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities under KanCare starting January 1st of 2014.

Secretary for the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Shawn Sullivan, says doing so will provide employment opportunities and ease coordination of care.

One woman whose son is disabled says she’s worried he will lose certain services as a result of the change, but Sullivan says that won’t happen.

“Under this program, very potentially those support changes would affect him greatly because he might not have them, which would then affect his employment,” says mother Holly Lofton.

“People will not have reduced services that are receiving developmentally disabled services,” says Secretary Sullivan. “We have protections built in through state law, through contracts, through agreements that we have with the federal government in order to prevent services being reduced.”

350,000 people went into KanCare January 1st of this year.

Sullivan says there are 8,000 Kansans who receive services for developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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