(TOPEKA, Kan.) — The Kansas Medicaid system will soon undergo major changes. Governor Sam Brownback's office announced Medicaid reform Tuesday, naming the new program KanCare. The changes are not supposed to reduce the number of people receiving services. Right now, 350,000 Kansasns depend on Medicaid for medical care.
The new program, KanCare is supposed to be a one stop shop for users. The goal is to give Kansans a health home so they can work with doctors on all of their medical issues instead of just piece by piece. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who's a surgeon and former state senator helped create the new system.
"KanCare will improve coordination of care and services to achieve better outcomes and long-term savings without reducing benefits or eligibility, while safeguarding reimbursement for providers. As part of this Medicaid reform, the Governor also is proposing a realignment of state agencies to more efficiently administer the newly integrated KanCare, and focus an agency solely on services for children and families. "Our goal is improving care and the experience for Kansans. The new system will achieve cost savings through improving outcomes for needy Kansans," Lt. Governor Colyer said. “Serving the needs of the whole person and as well as ensuring long term fiscal sustainability are the principles this plan is built upon.”