For Immediate Release
June 13, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Lt. Governor Announces Public Forums on Medicaid Reform

Topeka – Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. announced today three public forums focused on Medicaid reform will be held in Topeka, Wichita and Dodge City. 

“It is essential to Governor Brownback and me that we receive guidance from Kansans while we work to reform our state’s Medicaid system,” Lt. Governor Colyer said. “These forums will provide Kansans from across the state the opportunity to give their input about healthcare in their communities.  We look forward to working collaboratively with our fellow Kansans to find Kansas solutions for Kansas healthcare needs.”

Details of the forums are as follows:

In his State of the State address to the Kansas Legislature in January, Governor Brownback announced Lt. Governor Colyer would lead a collaborative effort to remake the state’s Medicaid program and improve healthcare.  The working group led by the Lieutenant Governor includes Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan, SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki, KDHE Secretary Dr. Robert Moser, Budget Director Steve Anderson and KHPA Director Dr. Andy Allison.

“We’re fortunate to have this opportunity to make our state Medicaid program more effective through the public input process, allowing consumers, advocates and other stakeholder groups to collaborate with us in improving health care for all Kansans,” said Dr. Moser. “This effort is not just about cost savings. The ability to more effectively purchase and administer health care builds a better Kansas with stronger families and a growing economy.”

Kansas, like most other states, faces an enormous shortfall in state Medicaid funding. The focus for the working group is to produce an affordable, sustainable program that improves health outcomes for Kansans in need.  The public meetings will facilitate discussion and cultivate ideas from the public to decision-makers.

“I greatly look forward to working with stakeholders so together we can craft solutions to the challenges before us,” Secretary Siedlecki said.

The working group will launch a web-based tool for Kansans to submit comments and ideas within a few weeks and will culminate the public input process with a conference in August to be held in the 3rd Congressional District.

"I believe a robust stakeholder input process is essential in formulating good public policy.  I would like to encourage our partners around the state to participate in these discussions as we work to reform the state Medicaid system,” said Secretary Sullivan.

The Medicaid reform public input and stakeholder consultation process has been funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas Health Foundation, the REACH Healthcare Foundation, the Sunflower Foundation and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. Deloitte, an international consulting firm, has been hired to act as facilitators for the public input process. The hiring of Deloitte was supported by the grant

Because of limited seating space at meeting facilities, please RSVP by clicking one of the following links:

Topeka:
https://www.dhe.state.ks.us/Community/se.ashx?s=11B9BDC92B72B9B6

Wichita:
https://www.dhe.state.ks.us/Community/se.ashx?s=11B9BDC93E4CE00F

Dodge City:
https://www.dhe.state.ks.us/Community/se.ashx?s=11B9BDC91E57F2FF

 

You can also RVSP by contacting Alisha Kirby in the Office of the Lt. Governor at (785) 296-2213 or by emailing rsvp@ks.gov. Please indicate which meeting you would like to attend by including the name of the city in the subject line.