For Immediate Release
August 24, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Additional KanCare Educational Meetings Scheduled for Late September

Program Experts to Meet in 12 Cities with Medicaid Members, Providers

TOPEKA—The State of Kansas will be holding KanCare educational meetings in 12 cities across Kansas Sept. 24-26 to meet with Medicaid members and providers. Through the presentations and the question-and-answer sessions, details will be provided about the transition from old Medicaid to KanCare.

This is the second round of educational tours hosted jointly by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). The first tour took place between July 30 - Sept. 2; video recordings from those meetings have been posted to the KDHE website. The dates and cities for the second round of meetings are listed below, while the full schedule with times and locations is enclosed. Officials have also scheduled a teleconference for Sept. 27.

Meetings Will Take Place:
Sept. 24  in Manhattan, Pittsburg, Colby and Dodge City
Sept. 25 in Atchison, Chanute, Russell and Pratt
Sept. 26 in Olathe, Emporia, Hutchinson and El Dorado
Sept. 27 through Teleconference Only

Any person with a disability may request accommodations, such as Braille or an interpreter, in order to participate in a meeting, however, transportation is not provided. Requests for this accommodation should be made at least two working days in advance of the meeting by contacting or by calling Rita Haverkamp at (785) 296-5107.

In addition to these meetings, KDADS is currently conducting informational sessions targeted at consumers and families receiving disability, aging, mental health and substance use disorder services administered by the agency.

"With all of the details we now have on the KanCare program, it’s important for us to meet in person with the people directly associated with Medicaid and HealthWave to ensure that complete information about this transition is provided,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “From what we’ve experienced at the most recent educational meetings, people are eager for us to implement KanCare and to be able to choose among the three health plans that will be offering services they aren’t currently receiving.”

Enclosed PDF: KanCare Second Educational Tour Meeting Itinerary Sept 24-26, 2012.