DD parent advocate testifies about serious KanCare problems

Testimony given by parent advocate Marilyn Kubler to KanCare Legislative Oversight Committee, November 18, 2014

I have testified a couple of times previously to this committee on behalf of individuals I support on the Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) Home and Community Based (HCBS) waiver.  Many families across the state have sent letters and personally pleaded with Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADs), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and this administration to consider how disruptive Kancare has been in the lives of the people with disabilities.  I am a parent of an adult woman with disabilities who is on the IDD waiver, and I have a case management agency. Continue reading

Limits on KanCare disability services stir controversy

From Topeka Capital Journal, November 15, 2014

By Tim Carpenter

Hays resident Tamera Checketts’ double-knee replacement operation interrupted work on a college degree. Aftermath of major surgery — stint in a nursing home, unexpected fracture of a femur, mobility-zapping pain — compounded obstacles to building a career and led her to seek disability assistance through the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. She said the application process for Medicaid home-based services, such as help installing an entrance ramp at her house or placement of safety handles in the bath, had been a fruitless, bureaucratic  nightmare.

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KanCare is Failing the Disabled

Published in the Wichita Eagle, November 1, 2014

by Aldona Carney, Marla Flentje and Kay Soltz

The upcoming election is critical for families like ours that include a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We fear that if Gov. Sam Brownback is re-elected, his Medicaid managed-care experiment called KanCare will further imperil the lives of our loved ones. Continue reading

MCO letter to guardian totally incomprehensible

Advocate says …

I recently received a letter from my ward’s KanCare insurance company notifying me that it had approved various numbers of units for a specific service – designated with a letter and a number, rather than a name – over the next ten or so months.  Although there was one month in which to appeal this decision, I received the letter two days before the end of the appeals period. Equally galling was that I had no idea what the decision was!   Continue reading

New Allegations of KanCare Fraud

Former executive alleges misconduct by Kansas Medicaid contractor

Topeka Capital Journal
October 28, 2014

A former insurance company executive involved in Kansas’ privatized Medicaid program filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit alleging retaliation by management for objecting to potentially unethical or illegal maneuvers to improve company revenue, documents said Tuesday.

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