Height of arrogance

KanCare officials need well crafted charm offensive

Freelance writer/editor

When a holiday guest enters your home, social etiquette Midwestern style demands your best manners — maybe a welcoming cup of pretty-strong coffee and most certainly a Scandinavian sweet.

So it came as a simple case of bad manners — not to mention poor public image creation — when for-profit, managed-care officials in Kansas snarled at “East Coast” interlopers who in December had the audacity to “parachute” into the Topeka prairie to lecture them on how to improve the care of 380,000 Kansans. Continue reading

Justice Department may probe profit over quality care

KanCare draws ‘deep concern’ from National Council on Disability

Freelance writer/editor

TOPEKA, Kan. — Big news on the Kansas managed care front could reshape the health care landscape and growing national debate on the merits of privatized, for-profit care.

In a Dec. 13 letter from the National Council on Disability, several significant and non-binding recommendations to improve the state’s for-profit Medicaid plan — also known as KanCare — were made to the President and Congress.

“It’s clear to NCD that many unresolved issues remain for people with disabilities” in Kansas, the report said. “The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should conduct an oversight review of the current administration of KanCare.” Continue reading

Kansas governor plays God with disabled

‘That’s just the way the world works,’ state says

Freelance writer/editor

What’s happening in Kansas could be Anywhere, USA.

Healthcare costs are crazy high. The United State quality of care ranks below some developing countries, yet opinion polls reflect that we perceive our quality of care to be No. 1.

Where’s the disconnect?

Look no further than the Sunflower State to reflect our nation’s healthcare hypocrisy, misdirected priorities and outright Orwellian logic that defies moderate politics once rooted in heartland America. Continue reading

Brownback to receive special invitation today at KanCare meeting

Dear Gov. Brownback, KanCare officials:

My wife and I cordially invite you to pull an eight-hour care shift in our home

Madame chairwoman, KanCare oversight committee members and distinguished guests, I come before you as a KanCare recipient, advocate for people with disabilities and policy adviser for the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association.

I would like to thank the oversight committee for the hard work facing the 11 members in helping to shape a managed-care system that is fair, balanced and fiscally responsible for thousands of Kansans like me.

As I have stated in my Oct. 7 testimony before this committee, under new managed-care rules in Kansas, I face a 76 percent drop in care, a move three of my doctors — primary care physician, MDA doctor and respiratory doctor — say is wildly unrealistic and a move my wife says will force her to file for divorce. Reductions in hours would also cause me to be forced to seek care in an institution.

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What would Jesus do?

Let a disabled man die or extend a hand of salvation?

Freelance writer

Let’s talk about family values.

Let’s talk about the sanctity of life.

Let’s talk about belief in a creator God.

And, let’s talk about my friend, Finn. Continue reading

Letter-writing campaign targets KanCare ruling

Prairie Village man fights major cut in care hours

Freelance writer/editor

Many of you kind folks have been following via social media the struggle my family and I are facing under KanCare to receive the doctor-ordered care I need to stay alive, raise my two children and be a contributing member of society.

It has not been easy.

But with a well-written letter to members of the state managed-care oversight committee, known as KanCare, perhaps together we can rattle some cages and make a difference — not just for me, but for the remaining 379,999 other Kansas who face a reduction in caregiver hours. Continue reading

Prairie Village man fighting KanCare service reduction

By Jim McLean
KHI News Service

TOPEKA — Finn Bullers told legislators today that he believes a planned reduction in the in-home KanCare services he receives is an example of how the state’s new Medicaid managed care program is failing needy citizens.

But officials in the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback said cases like Bullers’ show the need for tighter management of the taxpayer-funded healthcare program that is straining state budgets.

Bullers, a 49-year-old Prairie Village man who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, detailed his complaints about KanCare to a legislative committee charged with overseeing KanCare, the administration’s managed-care program launched Jan. 1. Continue reading

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