For Immediate Release
November 20, 2012

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

KanCare Implementation Activities Reporting Now Online
Public Listening Session, Member Webinar Added to Outreach Events

TOPEKA— The State of Kansas has begun posting to a dedicated web page the documents outlining implementation activities in preparation for the Jan. 1, 2013, launch of KanCare. This information can be found at www.kancare.ks.gov/readiness_activities.htm.  

Amerigroup, United Healthcare and Sunflower State Health Plan are the three health plans selected to partner with the State to improve care coordination for the state’s 380,000-plus Medicaid beneficiaries. This new Medicaid system is designed to deliver better outcomes for consumers and sustain the $3 billion program in Kansas. KanCare will not cut provider payments, remove members from the program or reduce services currently being offered.

“KanCare allows us to offer additional services with a focus on preventive care. In our efforts to ensure the readiness of all stakeholders directly impacted by Medicaid—members, providers, the health plans, and the State—it is important for us to remain transparent and make available those documents that tell the story of our implementation activities,” said Robert Moser, M.D., Secretary of Health and Environment and the State Health Officer. “This work is in line with Governor Brownback’s commitment to operating a government accountable to the citizens of Kansas.”

In addition to implementation activities reports, the State is posting draft Home- and Community-based Services waiver amendments to the web page as they are made available for federal review. These amendments will allow the waivers to be incorporated into KanCare and ensure the continuation of existing member protections.

Public listening session Nov. 28
The State has scheduled a teleconference Listening Session from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, to discuss KanCare readiness with stakeholders. Interested parties are invited to join the operated-assisted call. Participants joining the call will be asked to provide their name, and then the operator will provide the instructions for callers to indicate they would like to be heard on the call. The number to access the conference line is (855) 229-1643. This conference line is limited to 500 callers; those who call in after the limit is reached may send questions and comments to KanCare@kdheks.gov. This listening session is hosted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and will include participation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Member webinar Dec. 14
Next week, Nov. 26-29, the State will be conducting its fourth member educational tour, this time for KanCare open enrollment, in 12 cities and towns across the state (meeting schedule here: http://www.kancare.ks.gov/events.htm). For members unable to join one of the educational tour sessions, a webinar with teleconference has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to Noon on Dec. 14 and will include the same presentation made during the open enrollment tour. Registration for that session will be available on the KanCare website.