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Morning Sun
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: KanCare is worse for I/DD

  • To the editor:

    The appropriate services for the developmentally disabled in Kansas are at risk thanks to KanCare. The nonmedical services for the developmentally disabled need to be carved out of KanCare so the people who are most knowledgeable and experienced can continue to do an excellent job.

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  • To the editor:
    The appropriate services for the developmentally disabled in Kansas are at risk thanks to KanCare. The nonmedical services for the developmentally disabled need to be carved out of KanCare so the people who are most knowledgeable and experienced can continue to do an excellent job.
    The for-profit insurance companies hired by the state to run KanCare don’t have the experience to deal with the long-term, nonmedical needs of the developmentally disabled and the current system has been an efficient, inexpensive success, so why not leave it alone?
    There is discussion of a conflict of interest when the Community Developmental Disability Organization provides both the needs assessment and the services. I believe there to be a much larger risk of conflict of interest for the insurance company providing the financing to be doing the needs assessment. That’s like an insurance company teling a doctor what a patient needs based upon what they want to pay.
    The local agency is capable, compassionate and invested in providing appropriate services to meet the needs of each client. My experience with two of the new insurance companies has been less than satisfactory. When I called with a question weeks ago, I was told, “I’ll talk to my management team and get back with you.” I still don’t have a response.
    Senators of Kansas, listen to the families. The system isn’t broken. Please don’t try to develop a fix that isn’t needed and is more likely to be harmful to the state’s most vulnerable populations.
    Sincerely,
    Deborah Potter
    Pittsburg

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