FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2013

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


Public meetings scheduled for comments on proposed KanCare demonstration amendment

TOPEKA, Kan. –The State of Kansas intends to seek an amendment to the KanCare Section 1115 demonstration from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and has scheduled public input meetings in Wichita and Topeka for July 15 and 16, respectively. A notice has been published in the June 27 Kansas Register.

KanCare is Kansas’ new Medicaid delivery system that launched Jan. 1, 2013.

Kansas plans to request CMS approval for three changes to KanCare, effective Jan.1, 2014: 

  1. Kansas will ask CMS for approval to provide long term supports and services (LTSS) to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through the KanCare managed care plans.  Under the current waiver, these services are carved out from managed care and paid on a fee-for-service basis. 
  2. Kansas will ask CMS to approve three new pilot programs designed to support Kansans who might otherwise be enrolled in Medicaid: (1) a Social Security Alternative Pilot; (2) a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Employment Support Pilot; and (3) a Health Account Pilot. 
  3. Kansas will ask CMS to postpone implementation of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Pool of funds by one year, so that it will begin in demonstration year 3 (2015) instead of demonstration year 2 (2014).

The full public notice, which describes the proposed amendment in more detail, is available on the KanCare website, at www.kancare.ks.gov/download/KanCare_1115_Amendment_Public_Notice.pdf .

The draft KanCare amendment can be viewed directly at 900 S.W. Jackson, Room 900, Topeka, or at the KanCare website, at: www.kancare.ks.gov/download/KanCare_1115_Amendment_Public_Comment.pdf

The State will hold two public meetings to solicit comments on the KanCare amendment:

July 15 at 2 p.m.
Wichita State University Metroplex, Multipurpose Room
5015 E. 29th St. N in Wichita

July 16 at 10 a.m.
Downtown Ramada, Madison Ball Room
420 SE 6th St. in Topeka

The State is also making teleconference access available for the July 16 meeting. The participant dial-in number for the event will be 866-491-3158.

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 proposed demonstration amendment can be emailed to KanCare@kdheks.gov, or mailed to ATTN: Rita Haverkamp, KDHE-DHCF, 900 SW Jackson, Room 900, Topeka, 66612. The State will be accepting public comments until July 29, 2013.

For more on KanCare, visit the program website at www.kancare.ks.gov.