Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Opinion: Reconsider Managed Care Reform

WICHITA, Kan. -- The Brownback administration’s sweeping overhaul of Medicaid into a privately run managed-care system called KanCare mustn’t sweep individuals with developmental disabilities over the edge. As it is, there is a good argument for exempting the vulnerable population from such a sea change.
A packed weekend meeting in Wichita demonstrated how unsettling the governor’s plan is proving for the developmental disability community, as Department of Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan was questioned about why the reform was needed and how it would affect loved ones.
Sullivan argues that care coordination is justified because many who are developmentally disabled suffer from medical conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol, and have problems with mental illness and substance abuse. He makes a good point.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2012/01/17/2177892/medicaid-plan-unsettling-for-developmentally.html#storylink=cpy

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