August 20, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas Submits Formal Amendment to KanCare Section 1115 Demonstration Project
Following Public Comment Period

TOPEKA, Kan. – The State of Kansas submitted its formal proposal to amend the KanCare Section 1115 demonstration project to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Monday. The amendment proposal, if approved, will enable the state to implement three changes to KanCare, effective January 1, 2014:

The state solicited public comment on its request for CMS approval between June 27 and July 29, accepting both email and written comments. During the public comment period, the state also sponsored two public forums where stakeholders could speak publicly to the amendment, and met with representatives of the tribal governments.

Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. said the policy initiatives in the amendment are designed to further Medicaid delivery system and payment innovations that enhance program efficiency and promote better health outcomes.

“These policies show Kansas is assuming full responsibility for our Medicaid system, putting Kansas out in front in rising to the healthcare challenge. The innovations we are pursuing through this amendment enable us to provide better access to services, improve quality of care and empower individuals with employment.”

Colyer said the state will continue to seek feedback and input on KanCare through the external stakeholder workgroups, the Advisory Council, and the Robert G. Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Service and KanCare Oversight.

To see the public comments submitted on the KanCare Section 1115 demonstration project amendment, visit the KanCare website at