Devil is in the details

Screw up small stuff, KanCare,
and how can we trust you when it really matters?

Freelance writer/editor

Eighteen-year-old Neil Carney of Wichita, Kan., is profoundly autistic and severely mentally retarded. He has tried to eat charcoal briquettes and light bulbs. He can be aggressive.

Neil lives in a beige single-family home with a professional caregiver. His parents, Pat and Aldona Carney — and thousands of others like them in Kansas — have been given a one-month reprieve by federal Medicaid officials to delay a fate they fear is inevitable.

Come Feb. 1, Kansas’ Medicaid managed-care system – known as KanCare — is expected to take charge of all home- and community-based services for about 8,500 developmentally disabled people, most of them adults. Continue reading

Montana woman blasts Sen. Alan Simpson in letter

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Recently received this from my friend Ernie and thought I would pass it along. But I have to admit, this pretty much sums up my feelings. What about you? Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran? What are your thoughts? 3rd District Congressman Kevin Yoder? How about your thoughts?)


Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming recently called senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared Social Security to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here’s a response in a letter from Patty Myers in Montana …

Hey Alan, let’s get a few things straight!!!

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS. Continue reading

People with disabilities ‘Roll on Capitol Hill’

ON A ROLL | One opinion

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Prairie Village man urges Kansas, Missouri lawmakers to speak out

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the skies at 22,000 feet, I’m drawn to big-picture thoughts of mortality, chance, consequence, accessibility, humanity — and whether the airlines will re-route my lost luggage and Super Shuttle will pay us for the 4-hour and 45-minute delay.

Already, it as been a long, strange trip. And  it’s only Day 1. The irony of inaccessible wheelchair access smacks us in the head.

As you read, scores of people with disabilities from across the national are gathering for the United Spinal Association’s “Roll On Capitol Hill,” an annual, all-out lobby effort to push an agenda of inclusion, freedom and independence. Continue reading

Classes offered to unlock the mysteries of Medicare and Social Security

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering two classes to help demystify the complexities of Medicare and Social Security.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Medicare is Wednesday, June 26 from 1 to 2 p.m.  This class is for anyone approaching 65 but is puzzled about their options for Medicare, or for anyone who is already a beneficiary of Medicare, but confused about what is and isn’t covered. This class will discuss changes in Medicare, how to save money using Medicare, and how the Affordable Care Act may impact seniors in the future Continue reading

Opinion: Momentum gaining for better complex rehab tech

Bipartisan Senate push launched — Kansas City leaders silent

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Freelance writer Finn M. Bullers also uses a wheelchair as a result of having muscular dystrophy.)

Freelance writer/editor

 Donna Adell of Ottawa, Kan., is confused.

The power wheelchair her husband Charles uses was supposed to make his life easier after a hip-replacement surgery five years ago cut him off from an active life.

Medicare paid for the chair, Donna Adell said. But then refused to service the chair and provide replacement batteries because Medicare officials said the chair only was to be used inside the home.

“The whole purpose for the power chair was to help (Charles) become more independent — to get outside, to visit friends and neighbors nearby, and to go up to our mailbox,” she said.

Late Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-MS, joined forces in a bipartisan effort to improve the life of Charles Adell and tens of thousands of people with disabilities across the country. There are 380,000 Kansans with disabilities, 10 percent of whom use wheelchairs. Continue reading

What are the Democrats thinking?

President Obama wins the election and for the first time in 20 years the Republicans are offering to break away from their no-tax pledge on the rich in order to reach a compromise agreement with the Democrats. In return, all they are asking is that the Democrats agree to reduce the federal government‘s out-of-control spending.

Seems fair enough. Seems simple enough. So what’s the holdup? Continue reading

Decisions, statements and events that make you shake your head

The majority of people in this country, and nearly all the politicians, I think have completely lost their minds.

I sit each night in the recliner and watch the television news and often shake my head at what I’m hearing and seeing: murders, rapes, nuclear threats, political candidates talking about legitimate rape, and a Kansas Congressman skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee.

Throughout the day, I read news articles and opinion pieces published on the Internet by The Associated Press, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and FOX among several others. There are times when I shake my head, times when I get angry, times when I’m confused, and more-often-than-not simply wonder what the hell people, especially politicians, are thinking when they make certain accusations or decisions. Continue reading

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