Advocates urge public input on KanCare

By The Active Age | April 10, 2023

Kansas Advocates for Better Care, which seeks to help older residents of the state, is asking the public to let state officials know how they feel about a particular part of KanCare, the state’s version of Medicaid.
“We ask that you urge Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to return independent case management services,” KABC said in a news release. “Kansas is preparing to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the
2025 KanCare Managed Care Organization’s (MCOs) contracts. The state needs your input about potential changes that are being considered.”
In 2013 Kansas moved from a fee for service model and adopted a managed care model to serve Kansans receiving Medicaid long-term care supports and services, according to KABC. As a result of this action, the Frail Elderly, Physically Disabled, and Brain Injury waivers lost case management services. Funding for this service was rolled into the managed care contracts offered to the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
“Kansans on Medicaid waivers would benefit greatly from independent case management services,” KABC’s news release stated. “Many Kansans are being admitted to facilities prematurely due to difficulties in managing, coordinating, and advocating for their in-home care needs.”
Two information and feedback sessions are scheduled for this week via Zoom: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 from 1-3 p.m.; and Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 6-8 p.m. To register, visit
Ideas can be provided in writing by emailing Amy Gajda at KDHE at