The state launched a website today for its new Medicaid program called KanCare, which provides services for more than 380,000 low-income, elderly and disabled residents.
The site — kancare.ks.gov — was created during the past three months by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.
The website contains information and material from KDHE’s former KanCare Web page plus more content to assist Medicaid consumers and service providers during the system transition.
Dr. Robert Moser, KDHE secretary, said, “In 2013, once KanCare is under way, the site will serve as the launching pad for all Medicaid-related content and applications in Kansas.”
Gov. Sam Brownback announced his plan for KanCare in November 2011 following a nearly yearlong public input process. This new integrated system of care coordination will cover the medical, behavioral health and long-term care services for all Medicaid consumers beginning Jan. 1, 2013, with the exception of long-term services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, which will launch Jan. 1, 2014.
“The goal with KanCare is to improve outcomes for our consumers while sustaining these essential services, and we’re accomplishing this without reducing eligibility or cutting provider rates,” Moser said. “Through the participation of consumers, providers and advocates in the stakeholder input process, we’ve been able to tailor Kansas’ Medicaid program to meet the needs of our state.”