A number of the questions I asked publicly a few weeks ago are answered below by Shawn Sullivan, Secretary of KDADS.
According to conversations I've had with Secretary Sullivan, there is indeed a "Backup Plan" if the current KanCare Transition fails. The "Backup Plan" would be to return to the old system.
Other issues addressed were:
· Individuals served will be able to continue to utilize their local TCM. There is no plan by the Administration to change this in the future. · The MCOs do have experience with long-term services and supports in other states. The staff they have in place leading their I/DD roll-out have a significant amount of I/DD experience in Kansas. · The opportunities we see for improvement in the next few years within KanCare are: o Better care coordination, especially for persons with chronic conditions or multiple needs such as behavioral health o More flexibility in what services the MCOs pay for. This especially relates to additional in-home supports for those that need it to stay home (per their choice) instead of going to a residential setting and also employment supports. · The payment to providers, including small providers is of paramount importance to the State and MCOs. We can provide info on the first 7 weeks of KanCare for I/DD to show this has gone well. · We will continue to utilize the current service providers, TCMS and CDDOs and they will remain a viable system. If there's anyone in the I/DD Community that is in need of services they're not receiving, please contact Secretary Sullivan or the KanCare Ombudsman.
Kerrie Bacon KanCare Ombudsman Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services 503 S Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603 Toll Free: (855) 643-8180 Office: (785) 296-6270 Cell: (785)213-2258 TTY: 711 Fax: (785) 296-0256 Kerrie.Bacon@kdads.ks.gov KDADS Website: www.kdads.ks.gov KanCare Ombudsman Website: www.kancare.ks.gov/ombudsman.htm
Or, Contact Secretary Sullivan at:
Shawn Sullivan Secretary Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services 503 S. Kansas Ave Topeka, KS 66603 Office: (785) 296-5222 Shawn.Sullivan@kdads.ks.gov
— Kevin Henderson, Halstead.