Author Archives: Marla

David Rundle: KanCare Experiment is Costly for Disabled

From the Wichita Eagle, October 10, 2014

BY DAVID P. RUNDLE

Sandy (I’m withholding her last name) is the mother of a 14-year-girl named Elizabeth who, like me, has cerebral palsy and is on KanCare. I met mother and daughter at a forum on Sept. 27 put on by ACT of South Central Kansas, a coalition of service providers to and advocates of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Continue reading

Sedgwick County Arc Warns of Threats to TCM Services

From Arc of Sedgwick County Newsletter, October 6, 2014.

Threats to Targeted Case Management Services     

There are several issues that are facing Targeted Case Management (TCM) Services in Kansas for our families receiving Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) services. When the state shared that they have heard our families and have assured them that they can keep their case manager, they didn’t share that they would cut the rate of Targeted Case Management to a level that will make it almost impossible for agencies to continue to provide the services. Continue reading

KanCare Parent Meeting in Overland Park October 14

The Providers Advocacy Coalition of Kansas (PACK) wants parents and family members of persons with I/DD to share their experiences with KanCare. You are invited to attend a meeting for this purpose on October 14 at 6:30 pm at the Overland Park Christian Church. Here is a letter detailing some of the problems families and advocates in the Kansas City area have experienced with KanCare: Continue reading

Call for Special Committee to Vet KanCare Contracting

From the Kansas Health Institute, September 29, 2014

Democrats call for special committee to vet KanCare 

By Andy Marso
KHI News Service
Sept. 29, 2014
TOPEKA — The top Democrats on the KanCare Oversight Committee on Monday called for a separate committee to be appointed to study whether any legal or ethical boundaries were crossed when Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration contracted with three managed care organizations to privatize Medicaid.
Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, and Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, said the request was spurred by the months-old news of FBI agents interviewing Capitol denizens for information on allegations of corruption within the administration. Continue reading

Threats to Case Management Services

The Arc of Sedgwick County says …

There are several issues that are facing Targeted Case Management (TCM) Services in Kansas for our families receiving Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) services. When the state shared that they have heard our families and have assured them that they can keep their case manager, they didn’t share that they would cut the rate of Targeted Case Management to a level that will make it almost impossible for agencies to continue to provide the services. Continue reading

Sunflower Will Cap Case Management Services

Below is official communication from Sunflower Health sent on September 9 to service providers.

“Sunflower Health Plan has received requests from Targeted Case Management providers for units above the TCM benefit limit. Sunflower intends to enforce the state-established limit of 240 units per year but will review exception requests for consumers with the most complex needs. Sunflower will note denial reasons in the TCM PA system.  Continue reading