Two stories in November 19, 2014 edition of Wichita Eagle.
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
It is very important that the word get out that public comment is being taken regarding changes:
These changes are going to make it even more challenging for us to keep our son at home with us. Continue reading
From Topeka Capital Journal, November 15, 2014
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.
I was very disappointed that Gov. Brownback was re-elected. I had thought there might be hope on the horizon but that went down the drain when the election results came in. Continue reading
This is a link to an article on recent research done at KU on KanCare.
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
Former executive alleges misconduct by Kansas Medicaid contractor
From Think Progress, October 27, 2014
by Carl Gibson
The conservative experiment in Gov. Sam Brownback’s Kansas has led to more suffering across the board — not just for the state’s economy, but for people with disabilities who are losing life-sustaining services. Continue reading