Author Archives: Marla

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

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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Paul Davis Supports KanCare Carve Out for I/DD

A DD legislative advocacy coalition in South Central Kansas, ACT invited the three candidates for Kansas governor to a community forum on September 27 in Wichita.

Libertarian candidate Keen Umbehr sent a videotape expressing support for persons with disabilities.  Governor Sam Brownback didn’t acknowledge the invitation or send a message.  Representative Paul Davis made a personal appearance at the forum.  He announced that if elected Governor, he will remove I/DD services from KanCare . Excerpts of the Davis speech include: Continue reading