State sets meetings on KanCare provider cuts

By Andy Marso, August 16, 2016

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Kansas officials plan a series of meetings next week across the state to discuss 4 percent cuts to KanCare provider reimbursements.

Gov. Sam Brownback approved the cuts this year as part of ongoing efforts to balance the state budget amid revenue shortfalls that have occurred following large income tax cuts signed in 2012.

The cuts to KanCare — the state’s managed care Medicaid program that is administered by three private insurance companies — have worried some providers, like dentists, who say that reimbursements already are too low.

The public meetings on the cuts are required by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is evaluating the state’s plan for implementing the cuts. The state is allowed to implement the cuts prior to federal approval.

A letter about the meetings sent to KanCare beneficiaries and providers stressed that attendance is not mandatory and the purpose of the meetings is not to discuss whether the cuts should be made.

“While we don’t get to choose if these changes will occur, we want you to know what is happening and why,” the letter said.

The five meetings next week are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.:

Download the Schedule of Meetings on KanCare Reimbursement Cuts

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