Kan., lawmakers, residents discuss Kancare

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Johnson County residents and lawmakers gathered Monday morning to talk discuss their concerns over Kancare and how the state of Kansas plans to include intellectuals with developmental disabilities into the program.

If nothing is done about the governor's proposal, it will go into effect January 1, 2014.

Those against Kancare managing longterm services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled say it's a medical model and doesn't fit well for those needing longterm care.

During the meeting at Olathe City Hall, people were concerned that Kancare will cut out very individualized services to save money and that will lead to the quality of services.

For example, they are concerned that the managed care companies will replace their case managers who have longterm relationships with their patients.

Representatives Arlen Siegfried and John Rubin organized the meeting so they would be prepared for the next legislative session.

Bill Craig says Lakemary has done fine in its current model.

The next session begins May 8.

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