House panel reviewing gov.’s services plan

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican-dominated legislative committee will review GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to shift projected savings from an overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program into in-home services for the disabled.

The House Appropriations Committee was meeting Thursday to consider additional proposals to include in a state budget of roughly $14.5 billion for the fiscal year beginning in July.

State officials estimate that an overhaul of the Medicaid program will save the state about $62 million more than expected during the current and next fiscal years. The program covers medical services for the needy and disabled, and Kansas turned over administration of most of it to three private health insurance companies in January.

Brownback wants to use $8 million of the state’s savings for in-home services for the disabled.

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