Kansas' Great Hope: Managed Care Will Tame Medicaid Costs

In partnership with Kaiser Health News, Bryan Thompson of KPR and Jim McLean of KHI News report: "And the costs have been escalating for the $2.9 billion Medicaid program. So Kansas is in the midst of huge changes. On Jan. 1, the state began enrolling nearly all of its Medicaid population -- including its most expensive patients – into a managed care program called KanCare. This effort is unrelated to the federal health law's Medicaid coverage expansion, on which Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has yet to take a position. Meanwhile, as the transition proceeds, many policy analysts are watching to see if the state has done enough to meet the goal of controlling costs while ensuring that these vulnerable patients receive quality health care" (Thompson and McLean, 2/6). Read the story.

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