Since mid September the State of Kansas has been working to reach more than 650 people currently on the Home and Community Based Waiver programs for people with Physical and Developmental Disabilities. If you are person with a disability and are currently on the waiting list, the State of Kansas may be trying to make contact with you.
SKIL Resource center has advocates located throughout the state and can help you with finding out your status on the waiting list. The state is currently trying to make contact with 650 people on the list.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, along with Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., and Secretary of Health and Environment Robert Moser, M.D., announced that savings from care coordination under the new KanCare Medicaid program will bring in-home services to hundreds of additional people with physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
“This commitment will allow an estimated 250 developmentally disabled and 400 physically disabled Kansans to begin living more independent and fulfilling lives in the community,” Governor Brownback said. “It is something Kansans are proud to support.”
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback shared the state is moving more quickly than expected to shrink waiting lists for people with disabilities who are seeking in-home services.
Brownback announced mid September that his administration is immediately releasing funds set aside by lawmakers earlier this year to address the waiting lists. Those funds will total $37 million over the next two years.
Advocates for people with disabilities had worried that the administration would wait until early next year. Brownback acknowledged that it initially was a possibility because of how the state budget had been written.
He said 650 of the 5,000 disabled Kansans on waiting lists will receive services.
The extra funds come from savings from an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program, which covers health care for the needy and people with disabilities.
Kansas offers Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) through Medicaid waivers. These services, which are provided along with medical care, are designed to help people remain in their homes. Changes in the way Medicaid services are coordinated under the new KanCare program are allowing the state to reduce waiting lists which have existed since 2000.
“Are you on that waiting list?” asked Greg Jones, Director of Advocacy with SKIL Resource Center, “If you are unsure then contact a SKIL coordinator at one of our local offices.”
“For the majority of these people, the wait has been more than weeks and months; the wait for services has taken years,” Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer said.