Kansans have been facing long waits to find out if they qualify for health coverage under KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program. The state has cleared up much of the backlog over the past year, but thousands of applications for long-term care coverage are still hung up. As Andy Marso reports from the Kansas News Service, that’s left applicants frustrated and forced nursing homes to absorb months of delayed payments.
KanCare providers, instead of dealing with one payer, are now dealing with three, each with its own set of rules for reimbursements. We'll learn more about the challenges that poses in part two of our story tomorrow (THUR).