House panel approves gov’s services plan

Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Republican-dominated Kansas House committee has approved GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to shift projected savings from an overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program to in-home services for the disabled.

But the House Appropriations Committee added a new provision Thursday that’s likely to frustrate advocates for the developmentally disabled.

The new language says there won’t be extra money for services for the developmentally disabled unless the services are brought into the Medicaid overhaul. Advocates want those services to remain separate.

Medicaid covers health care for the disabled and needy. Kansas has turned the program’s administration over to private insurance companies, except for in-home services for the developmentally disabled.

Brownback has proposed using $8 million in savings from the Medicaid overhaul for services for the physically and developmentally disabled.

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