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Governor hopefuls want power to change KanCare. Colyer official says they’ll have it, By Jonathan Shorman, August 20, 2018

Kansas Nears New Deal With Troubled KanCare Contractor, Maximus, By Stephen Koranda, August 21, 2018

Kansas Medicaid Woes Prolong Wait For Autistic Kids Needing Therapy, By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, May 30, 2018

KanCare Contractor Must Fix Backlog Problems Soon Or Face Fines, By Jim McLean, May 29, 2018

Voting in Kansas? Mind These Deadlines, By Stephen Koranda, May 29, 2018

Brain-injury therapy provider stunned by KanCare insurance company’s 28 percent rate cut, By Tim Carpenter, May 19, 2018

Colyer signs bill enhancing benefits of ABLE Act accounts for people with disabilities, By Peter Hancock, May 17, 2018

Does KanCare work? The state's data is so bad, legislative auditors can't tell, By Andy Marso, May 09, 2018

Feds Say Kansas Can’t Cap Time On Medicaid, By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, May 07, 2018

Project Heat Relief, From the City of Topeka, May 07, 2018

KanCare Compromise Gives Legislature Final Say On Medicaid Work Requirement, By Jim McLean, May 03, 2018

Annual Topeka JUMP meeting focuses on housing and transportation, By Brianna Childers, April 30, 2018

Kansas Lawmakers Move To Box Out Colyer On New Medicaid Restrictions, By Jim McLean, April 26, 2018

Colyer Insisting On Work-For-Coverage Requirement In Kansas Medicaid Rules, By Jim McLean, April 24, 2018

Legislature’s Medicaid panel tussles again on Gov. Colyer’s reform plan, By Tim Carpenter, April 23, 2018

How a small company above a N.J. pizza parlor put Kansas nursing home residents at risk, By Kelsey Ryan and Andy Marso, April 16, 2018

Double Up Food Bucks part of local farmers markets, By Jessica Cole, April 10, 2018

Kansas Regulators Say Quick Action Needed To Protect Residents Of Failing Nursing Homes, By Jim McLean, April 05, 2018

Adherents of Medicaid expansion in Kansas apply extra heat to GOP lawmakers, By Tim Carpenter, April 04, 2018

Expand KanCare Rally at the State Capitol, April 3rd from 2 to 3pm!

Over-sedation a crisis at nursing homes. Kansas legislation won't help, groups say, By Kelsy Ryan Andy Marso, March 20, 2018

Mike Oxford: KanCare legislation must be heard, By Mike Oxford, March 19, 2018

Seven diagnosed with measles in Johnson, Miami counties. Aldi, YMCA among risk sites, By Andy Marso, March 16, 2018

Medicaid Pause Button Locked Up By KanCare Expansion Debate, By Madeline Fox, March 13, 2018

Moral issue of KanCare expansion important to many Kansans, By David Sanford, March 08, 2018

KDADS mistakenly releases medical, confidential information on 11,000 Kansans, By Tim Carpenter, March 01, 2018

Pest control businesses report increase in bedbugs at commercial buildings, By Morgan Chilson, February 27, 2018

KanCare changes leave seniors struggling to get, keep Medicaid coverage, By Andy Marso, February 22, 2018

Kansas tells Medicaid contractor: Shape up, or face millions in fines, By Jonathan Shorman, February 16, 2018

Lawsuit: Kansas Medicaid Should Pay For Pricey Hep C Treatment, By Dan Margolies, February 15, 2018

Effort For Long-Term Extension Of Kansas' Privatized Medicaid Might Run Short, By Jim McLean, January 22, 2018

Republican Opposition To KanCare 2.0 Echoing Democratic Gripes on Privatized Medicaid, By Jim McLean, January 16, 2018

New leadership and oversight for KanCare as program approaches critical period, By Andy Marso, January 12, 2018

Kansas GOP, Democrats urge Sam Brownback to postpone Medicaid remodeling, By Tim Carpenter, January 10, 2018

Planned Parenthood Foe To Head Kansas Health Agency; Lawmaker Named Top Medical Officer, By Jim McLean, January 03, 2018

Advocates Push Kansas Bill To Suspend, Not Terminate, Medicaid During Incarceration, By Madeline Fox, December 28, 2017

Medicaid application delays are forcing Kansas nursing homes to turn people away, By Andy Marso, December 15, 2017

Need for dental access persists in Kansas, By Mary Clarkin, December 11, 2017

Legislative Panel Backs KanCare Renewal Plan, But Opponents Hope To Block Implementation, By Jim McLean, December 01, 2017

KanCare Concerns A Challenge For Officials Seeking To Renew Privatized Medicaid Plan, By Jim McLean, November 20, 2017

Caregivers of disabled left in dark under Kansas’ private healthcare system, By Andy Marso, November 16, 2017

"Grassroots Advocacy from Kansas Soil" Hall Center for the Humanities Disability Studies Seminar by TILRC ED Ami Hyten, November 30, 2017, 3-4:30PM, 900 Sunnyside Ave, KU, Lawrence, KS 66045

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is a statewide coalition working in communities throughout Kansas to encourage people and organizations to promote policies aimed at assuring everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. The first policy goal of the Alliance is to expand KanCare to cover more Kansans.

AARP Kansas is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.

Assistive Technology for Kansans connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.

The Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas Inc. advances the interest of CMHCs and the individuals they serve. The primary goal of CMHCs is to provide quality care, treatment and rehabilitation to individuals with mental health problems in the least restrictive environment. The CMHCs provide services to all those needing it, regardless of economic level, age or type of illness.

The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri. Services are offered free of charge to anyone in our listening area who is unable to read normal printed material.

The Big Tent Coalition is a coalition of social service providers in Kansas.

KDHE Division of Health Care Finance (formerly Kansas Health Policy Authority) is the principal health care agency for the state of Kansas. DHCF serves as the single state Medicaid agency in Kansas and is responsibel for administering the medical portion of the Kansas Medicaid program, as well as the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP, also known as "HealthWave"); MediKan, which provides coverage for certain low-income, disabled Kansans; the State Employee Health Program; and the State Self-Insurance Fund

Envision is a private, not-for-profit agency uniquely combining employment opportunities with rehabilitation services and public education. Our Mission To enhance the personal independence of individuals whose blindness or low vision, often accompanied by other disabilities, impacts their opportunities for employment, success, and integration into community life.

Kansas Donated Dental Servicesis a project initiated by Dental Lifeline Network, a national humanitarian organization, and the Kansas Dental Association. Its purpose is to provide free, comprehensive care for people who are permanently disabled, elderly, or medically compromised who are unable to afford dental care. 

Families Together is the Parent Training and Information center serving Kansas families who include a son/daughter with disabilities. We train and inform parents and professionals, help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities, work to improve education results for all children, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.

KanCare is the program through which the State of Kansas administers Medicaid. Kansas has contracted with three managed care organizations (MCOs), to coordinate health care for nearly all Medicaid beneficiaries.

Kansas.gov is the official website for the State of Kansas.

Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL), represents seven Centers for Independent Living (CILs). Centers provide services to people with disabilities of all ages. Centers for Independent Living also provide assistance to businesses and all other entities in the community to assist them in offering services to people with disabilities.

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) is the state Primary Care Association (PCA) and is charged with providing training, technical assistance to, and advocacy on behalf of, federally-funded Community Health Centers in Kansas. KAMU's Mission is to promote access to high quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive, cost effective primary health care services for the medially underserved in the state, regardless of ability to pay.

Kansas Attorney General's Office, promoting human dignity through justice with compassion and professional excellence.

Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing advocates for and facilitates equal access to quality, coordinated and comprehensive services that enhance the quality of life for Kansans who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Kansas Commmision on Disability Concerns (KCDC) - An information and referral office, providing technical assistance on civil rights and legislative issues.

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services(KDADS) - is responsible for overseeing and administering the state’s Older American’s Act programs, behavioral health programs, home and community based services (HCBS) for older adults and persons with disabilities, the management and oversight of five state hospitals, survey and certification for adult care homes and the distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments.

Kansas Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) - is responsible for overseeing and administering children and adult protection services, adoption services, foster care support, child support services, welfare (including Medicaid) and food assistance programs, as well as services dedicated to vocational rehabilitation.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) optimizes the promotion and protection of the health of Kansans through efficient and effective public health programs and services and through preservation, protection and remediation.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation mission is to enhance Kansas communities with housing opportunities. This goal is achieved through using a variety of strategies and approaches, including increasing homeownership opportunities, leveraging the construction of more affordable rental housing, preserving existing housing through rehabilitation, promoting energy efficiency improvements for owner-occupied and rental housing, providing affordable housing through rent assistance to low-income families and senior citizens, and creating housing opportunities for previously underserved persons and communities.

Kansas Human Rights Commission investigates complaints alleging discrimination and conducts public education programs designed to prevent discrimination.

Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) empowers students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to assume responsible roles in society and to lead fulfilling lives. KSSB strives to establish partnerships with parents, school districts, and community resources to promote access to a high quality education for all Kansas students with visual impairments, regardless of where they attend school.

Kansas State School for the Deaf (KSD) provides a barrier-free communication environment which fosters early, fluent communication and on-going fluent communication as a means of broadening horizons and maximizing possibilities.

Kansas Talking Book Service provides free home delivery of library resources designed to meet the cultural and recreational needs of Kansas citizens unable to use standard print because of a visual or physical impairment.

Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program is designed to assess, plan, develop and provide VR services to eligible individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice. By providing services in this way, the VR program enables individuals with disabilities to prepare for and engage in gainful employment.

Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) promotes and supports the development of youth with disabilities so they become empowered as community leaders through education, mentoring, and peer support.

Keys for Networking, Inc. is a non-profit, 501©3 organization providing information, support, and training to families in Kansas whose children who have educational, emotional, and/or behavioral problems.

KSHousingSearch.org is a housing locator service, sponsored by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which provides detailed information on affordable rental housing available throughout Kansas and allows people to locate housing that best fits their individual needs. The site can be accessed online 24 hours a day and is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844, M-F, 9-8 EST.

Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation sponsors the Mission of Mercy program, a semiannual event that provides free dental care to all patients on a first come-first served basis after first receiving a health screen prior to a dental assessment.

Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas or SACK, is the statewide self-advocate group. SACK is made up of over 20 member local self-advocate groups from all over Kansas. What is a self-advocate group? A self-advocate group is a civic organization for adults with developmental disabilities. The purpose of self-advocate groups is to provide leadership experience, community involvement opportunities and to support the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community.

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues.

Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas develops a State Independent Living Plan through external input, which ensures independent living for Kansans, advocates for the accomplishment of the State Plan objectives, monitors, reviews, and evaluates the implementation of the plan and is a statewide catalyst for independent living.

Topeka Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Advisory Council supports the civil rights of and full integration into Topeka community life for all people with disabilities by working toward providing full access to facilities, programs, services, activities and employment.

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Publications

The Cost of Untreated Mental Illness in Greater Kansas City, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, February 2012 - Approximately one in every 10 adults in the Greater Kansas City area has a serious mental illness (SMI).Without treatment, SMI can lead to unemployment, increased hospital and emergency room use, incarceration, suicide, and early death due to chronic medical conditions. An economic model was developed by The HSM Group, Ltd. to quantify the costs of untreated SMI among adults. (Cost of Untreated Mental Illness in Kansas Factsheet)

The Intersection between Budget Cuts to Services and Civil Rights of People with Disabilities under the “Olmstead” Decision, Presented to: The House Committee on Long Term Care and Aging, Provided by:  Mike Oxford, Executive Director, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, January 26, 2010 - This testimony presents a cogent argument regarding the necessity for systematic, comprehensive, long range planning to address the future long term care needs of our state that culminates in the development of an Olmstead Plan for the state of Kansas.

Going Home - Is a booklet about home and community based options to institutional care. It explains how TILRC can help you get the healthcare services and supports you need in your own home and community. (printable version in rtf format)

Legislative Procedure in Kansas, Kansas Legislative Research Department, November 2006

Testimony Presented to the House Committee on Appropriations in Support of and Requesting Consideration of Amendments to HB 2673, By Mike Oxford, TILRC Executive Director, March 9, 2010 - HB 2673 would create a Medicaid provider assessment on nursing facilities in Kansas. Revenue from the assessment would be used to finance initiatives to maintain or improve the quality and quantity of care in Kansas in both nursing facilities and HCBS Waiver Programs.

Testimony addressing House Bill 2656 before the House Committee on Long Term Care and Aging; Bob Bethell, Chair; Presented by Mike Oxford, Executive Director - HB 2656 would transfer all powers, duties and functions of the Adult Protective Services Program (APS) of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) to the Office of the Attorney General as of January 1, 2013.

Testimony to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, SRS Budget Sub-committee; Carolyn K. McGinn, Chair; Presented by Mike Oxford, Executive Director: March 09, 2012


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