For Immediate Release
Miranda Steele, KDHE, 785-296-5795
TOPEKA, Kan. —The first bundle of KanCare member pre-enrollment packets are being mailed today, Nov. 9, and mailings will continue through the end of November. With more than 380,000 Kansans receiving Medicaid services, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) are planning another educational tour to meet with consumers about their transition to KanCare, this time with representatives from the three health plans.
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., said this is a significant milestone on the time line for KanCare readiness activities. “Improving care for our most vulnerable citizens remains the central focus of all the hard work by state staff and other stakeholders who remain committed to making this new system a reality. We look forward to giving Kansas consumers a choice for how they receive their health care and to delivering it in a way that improves health outcomes,” said Colyer.
Educational meetings will take place in 12 cities across Kansas Nov. 26-29 to assist members in choosing their KanCare health plan. The initial assignment of each member to one of three health plans—Amerigroup, Sunflower State Health Plan and United Healthcare—was generated from a computer algorithm taking into account each member’s current primary provider and the health plans' provider networks whenever possible.
“Achieving continuity of care for our patients is the goal for running the program for initial assignments. If members like the health plan that has been assigned to them and do not want to change to either one of the other plans, they are set for the new program; they only need to start using the new medical card on January 1,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.
Members will have another 90 days starting Jan. 1, 2013, to choose a new plan if that's their decision. This choice period is in addition to the amount of time members have between when they receive their pre-enrollment packets in November and the end of 2012.
The Nov. 26-29 educational tour will be the third round of educational tours for members this year hosted jointly by KDHE and KDADS, and the fourth overall. The dates and cities for this round of “open enrollment” meetings are listed below, while the full schedule with times and locations are enclosed:
Nov. 26 in Pittsburg, Topeka and Dodge City
Nov. 27 in Garden City, Independence and Olathe
Nov. 28 in Hays, Wichita and Kansas City
Nov. 29 in Salina, El Dorado and Emporia
Anyone with a disability may request accommodation for these meetings, such as Braille or an interpreter, in order to participate; however, transportation is not provided. Requests for this 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.
“The three health plans offered will cover the same services members have had in the past - plus new services such as heart and lung transplants, preventative dental services for adults and weight-loss services,” said KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan. “The value-added services provided by one or more health plans include rewards programs for healthy behavior and career development services for people with disabilities, all at no cost to the state.”
The consumer educational meeting details can be found at http://www.kancare.ks.gov/events.htm. Examples of the documents in the pre-enrollment packets are available upon request and will soon be posted to the KanCare website.