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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Disabled services: Meetings scheduled on KanCare amendment

  • The State of Kansas intends to seek an amendment to the KanCare Section 1115 demonstration from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and has scheduled public input meetings in Wichita and Topeka for July 15 and 16, respectively.
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  • The State of Kansas intends to seek an amendment to the KanCare Section 1115 demonstration from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and has scheduled public input meetings in Wichita and Topeka for July 15 and 16, respectively. A notice has been published in the June 27 Kansas Register.
    KanCare is Kansas’ new Medicaid delivery system that launched Jan. 1.
    Kansas plans to request CMS approval for three changes to KanCare, effective Jan.1, 2014:
    1. Kansas will ask Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for approval to provide long term supports and services to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through the KanCare managed care plans. Under the current waiver, these services are carved out from managed care and paid on a fee-for-service basis.
    2. Kansas will ask Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve three new pilot programs designed to support Kansans who might otherwise be enrolled in Medicaid: (1) a Social Security Alternative Pilot; (2) a Supplemental Security Income Employment Support Pilot; and (3) a Health Account Pilot.
    3. Kansas will ask Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to postpone implementation of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Pool of funds by one year, so that it will begin in demonstration year three (2015) instead of demonstration year two (2014).
    The full public notice, which describes the proposed amendment in more detail, is available on the KanCare website, at www.kancare.ks.gov/download/KanCare_1115_Amendment_Public_Notice.pdf .
    The draft KanCare amendment can be viewed directly at 900 S.W. Jackson, Room 900, Topeka, or at the KanCare website, at: www.kancare.ks.gov/download/KanCare_1115_Amendment_Public_Comment.pdf
    The state will have two public meetings to solicit comments on the KanCare amendment:
    n 2 p.m. July 15  at Wichita State University Metroplex, Multipurpose Room 5015 E. 29th St. N in Wichita
    n 10 a.m. July 16 at Downtown Ramada, Madison Ball Room 420 SE 6th St. in Topeka
    The state also is making teleconference access available for the July 16 meeting. The participant dial-in number for the event will be 866-491-3158.
     Any individual with a disability may request accommodation in order to participate in either meeting. Requests for accommodation should be made at least two working days in advance of the meeting by contacting KanCare@kdheks.gov or by calling Rita Haverkamp at (785) 296-5107.
    Comments on this proposed demonstration amendment can be emailed to KanCare@kdheks.gov, or mailed to ATTN: Rita Haverkamp, KDHE-DHCF, 900 SW Jackson, Room 900, Topeka, 66612. The State will be accepting public comments until July 29, 2013.
    For more on KanCare, visit the program website at www.kancare.ks.gov.
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