Friday, January 4, 2013

Officials Quell KanCare Confusion

When Kansas Medicaid recipients received their KanCare enrollment packets last fall, they were given a simple directive – check the three insurance companies that will be taking over the state’s Medicaid program to be sure your primary care provider and other health providers are covered, then choose a plan accordingly.
But while KanCare went into effect on Tuesday, the same problem remained for more than 3,700 Miami County residents enrolled in Medicaid. When looking up the list of Kansas providers, there’s a gap in the “O” section where Olathe Health Systems should be listed – but isn’t. Since the company owns the county’s only hospital, Miami County Medical Center, as well as family care clinics in Paola, Osawatomie and Louisburg, the absence of the health group from the three plans’ lists of providers is worrisome for the county’s Medicaid recipients.

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