KDHE Seeks Comments on KanCare Extension

From KDHE, March 2017

Public Notice and Comment Period – KanCare Extension

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is offering the opportunity to attend additional public hearings regarding the state’s proposed one-year extension of the KanCare program, and to provide comments about the extension request application.

Public Comment – Timing and Process

This public comment period runs from February 16, 2017 until March 24, 2017. Comments will be accepted until March 24; and the state intends to submit the extension request on April 14, 2017.

Information about KanCare extension request is available for public review at the KanCare website: http://www.kancare.ks.gov/about-kancare/kancare-renewal.

Written comments about the KanCare extension request may be sent to this email address: kdhe.kancarerenewal@ks.gov; or may be mailed to: KanCare Renewal, c/o Becky Ross, KDHE-Division of Health Care Finance, 900 SW Jackson, LSOB – 9 th Floor, Topeka, Kansas, 66612.

Public Hearings – When and Where

Additional public hearings about the KanCare extension will be held as follows:

KanCare – Summary of Program and Extension

Information KanCare is the program through which the State of Kansas administers Medicaid. After a long period of study, the State determined that contracting with multiple managed care organizations would result in the provision of more efficient and effective health care services to the populations covered by Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Kansas, and would ensure coordination of care and integration of physical and behavioral health services with each other and with home- and community-based services (HCBS).

On August 6, 2012, the State of Kansas submitted a Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration proposal, entitled KanCare, to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS approved that proposal on December 27, 2012, effective from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2017. The state is now preparing to submit an application to extend the KanCare program for one year, effective from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

KanCare is operating concurrently with the state’s section 1915(c) Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers. Together, those seven waivers provide provide the authority necessary for the state to require enrollment of almost all Kansas Medicaid beneficiaries (including the aged, disabled, and some dual eligibles) into a managed care delivery system to receive state plan and waiver services. This represents an expansion of the state’s previous managed care program, which provided services to children, pregnant women, and parents in the state’s Medicaid program, as well as carved out managed care entities that separately covered mental health and substance use disorder services. KanCare also includes a safety net care pool to support certain hospitals that incur uncompensated care costs for Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured, and to provide incentives to hospitals for programs that result in delivery system reforms that enhance access to health care and improve the quality of care.

The KanCare demonstration program will:

The KanCare demonstration will assist the state in its goals to:

The one-year extension of KanCare is designed to continue the program as it is currently structured, including:

Information about the KanCare extension process and related documents will be maintained and kept current throughout the public comment and review process, during which the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing and acting upon the state’s extension request. This information will continue to be available at the KanCare Renewal page of the KanCare website: http://www.kancare.ks.gov/about-kancare/kancare-renewal. In addition, once the request to extend the KanCare program is submitted to CMS, it will be posted by CMS on its website for viewing and commenting: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/section-1115-demo/demonstration-and-waiverlist/waivers_faceted.html.

KanCare Extension Public Notice and Comment Period PDF

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