Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced a major overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program today, which would put nearly all Medicaid recipients into private, managed-care plans. While low-income families are currently in such plans, elderly and disabled Kansans receive care through a fee-for-service system.
The state has drafted a request for proposals from private contractors willing to provide comprehensive health, mental health and long-term health care services at a fixed rate per person. State officials say they expect to select three vendors, who will compete for clients.
At a news conference today, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a physician and the administration’s point man on the Medicaid reform effort, predicted the changes could slow the growth in Medicaid spending by nearly one percent a year. That would save the state more than $350 million over the next five years and would save the federal government $500 million at the same time.
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