Kansas cancels 5 public meetings on Medicaid issues

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state will not host five previously-scheduled meetings to gather public input on Medicaid services in Kansas.

Instead, Kansas officials are mailing about 200,000 letters this week to explain Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to impose a 4 percent reduction on some groups that provide Medicaid services to patients. The letters also will give recipients alternative ways to express their feelings about KanCare, the state’s privately run Medicaid program.

The meetings were scheduled Aug. 22-26 in Topeka, Wichita, Pittsburg, Dodge City and Overland Park.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the cancellations come after a House and Senate oversight committee on KanCare in early August, when lawmakers, service providers and customers strongly criticized the state’s Medicaid services.



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