For Immediate Release
June 8, 2012

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

State Schedules Public Meetings on Section 1115 KanCare Demonstration Application

TOPEKA, Kan.—On April 26, the State of Kansas submitted a Section 1115 demonstration proposal, "KanCare," to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Subsequently, the State has determined it is necessary to open a formal public comment period and public consultation in line with the new CMS transparency rule related to Section 1115 applications prior to formally submitting the application.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has scheduled two public meetings on the topic of Kansas' Section 1115 KanCare demonstration application:

June 18, 2012 at 2 pm
Hughes Metropolitan Complex
Wichita State University
5015 E. 29th St. N
Wichita, Kansas

*June 20, 2012 at 3 pm
Memorial Hall Auditorium
120 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, Kansas

The development of KanCare has been a public process for the past 18 months, as outlined in the application now posted for comment. Members of the public have had the opportunity to comment on the proposal via dedicated email from the State's website since April 26, and before that on the initial concept paper submitted in January 2012. Consistent with that spirit of transparency and as required by federal regulation, the State is now opening a formal 30-day comment period and again directs interested parties to the KDHE website, www.kancare.ks.gov/.

The State’s full public notice, which describes KanCare in more detail, can be found online at www.kdheks.gov/hcf/kancare. The draft KanCare application can be viewed at the same site, and directly at www.kancare.ks.gov/download/KanCare_1115_application_public_comment.pdf, or at 900 SW Jackson, Room 900, Topeka, Kansas.

*As a courtesy, the State is also making teleconference access available for the June 20 meeting. Please see the KanCare website at www.kdheks.gov/hcf/kancare, for dial-in information.

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 demonstration application proposal can be emailed to KanCare@kdheks.gov, or mailed to ATTN: Rita Haverkamp, KDHE-DHCF, 900 SW Jackson, Room 900, Topeka, KS 66612. KDHE will be accepting public comments until July 14, 2012