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Lower Cost & Better Care: Can KanCare Deliver? - Part 1

KanCare Series-title onlyKansas Governor Sam Brownback (left) and Lieutenant-Governor Jeff Colyer (right)To many Kansans, Medicaid is just another welfare program. But it’s really much more than that. Yes, it provides health coverage for low-income mothers and children. But it's also a safety net for elderly and disabled Kansans. And Kansas Medicaid is undergoing big changes. The state has hired three, for-profit companies to manage the program as part of the governor's KanCare initiative. Today, we’re launching a series on KanCare produced by Jim McLean of the KHI News Service and KPR’s own Health Reporter, Bryan Thompson. We begin with this report from Jim McLean.

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For more information, log on to our website at kpr.ku.edu. And you can follow Bryan Thompson on Twitter - @KPRTHOMPSON. Health Reporting on KPR is funded by the Sunflower Foundation of Topeka.

 

State of Kansas - KanCare homepage

KanCare contracts - executive summary

CMS letter approving KanCare 1115 waiver

Special Terms and Conditions for KanCare Waiver

Public comments on KanCare

KHI News - Governor Announces KanCare Approval by Feds

KHI News - Groups Call for KanCare Delay

Full coverage of KanCare by KHI News

 

 

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Suggested Lead:           To many Kansans, Medicaid is just another welfare program.  But it’s really much more than that.  Yes, it provides health coverage for low-income mothers and children.  But it also serves as a safety net for elderly Kansans.  And it’s critical to keeping disabled Kansans in their communities and out of more expensive state hospitals.

But the Kansas Medicaid program is undergoing big changes. The state has hired three for-profit companies to manage Medicaid as part of Governor Sam Brownback’s KanCare initiative.

 

            Today, we’re launching a week-long series on KanCare produced by Jim McLean of the KHI News Service and KPR’s own Health Reporter, Bryan Thompson.  We begin with this report from Jim McLean.

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