I have concerns about the expansion of KanCare to include long-term services for the developmentally disabled. KanCare is the privatization of Medicaid in Kansas began Jan. 1 when all Medicaid recipients were assigned to one of three private insurance companies. As a result, some have lost their primary care physicians, as well as some of their needed services or medications. Many providers are having claims denied.
Unless a new law is passed, KanCare will take over all services provided to the DD (long-term as well as medical) beginning Jan., 2014. This year some recipients lost their doctors. Next they could lose their group homes, day programs, jobs and even their churches (insurance companies control transportation).
Private insurance companies have no place in this system. The developmentally disabled population is unequipped to fight their way through disorienting changes, and they are the most vulnerable to devastating results.
Families note before KanCare, the care of the developmentally disabled was adequate. Now they are worried that needed supports, including medications, will be taken away.
There is still time for the legislature to stop the KanCare expansion. Please ask your legislators now to carve out long-term services for the developmentally disabled from this legislation.
— Valetta Seymour, Moundridge