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State Schedules Public Comment Session in Garden City for HCBS, Mental Health KanCare Services

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2018

For more information contact:
Angela de Rocha, Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
785-806-7482

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have scheduled a public comment session for KanCare members and their families on April 17 in Garden City to discuss the availability of Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and Behavioral Health (BH) services in Western Kansas.

HCBS, administered by KDADS, provides supports and services for KanCare members with disabilities through seven Medicaid waiver programs:

Providers include a variety of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations as well as government entities.

Agency staff will be at this public comment session to discuss proposed new provider network adequacy standards and seek public feedback on those proposals.

Network adequacy means having enough providers to allow KanCare members to get the care they need at the right time and in a language that members understand without having to travel unreasonably far.

The proposed KanCare network adequacy standards address issues such as time and distance standards from a member’s residence to the service location and timely access standards for the initiation of service. Feedback received during this session will be used to help fine tune KanCare network adequacy requirements for HCBS and BH services.

Staff will also respond to questions related to the delivery of HCBS and BH services under KanCare.

The public comment session is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Clarion Inn North Banquet Room, 1911 E. Kansas Avenue, Garden City, Kansas 67846.            

Please respond to Eva Diehls if you plan to attend the session or if you need an Americans with Disabilities Act special accommodation to participate. Email eva.diehls@ks.gov or call 785-296-4980.