Hailey Hansford is probably like many Seaman High School students, in that she wears Justin Bieber bracelets, listens to Taylor Swift and likes to tease her brother, Brenden.
“I’m waiting for my brother to be out of the house,” Hansford says. “I want to be the only child.”
Hansford, who has her mother’s bright red hair and her father’s quick smile, is 18. But she expects to stay at home longer than her 16-year-old brother because she is developmentally disabled and has special needs.
Meanwhile, Hansford’s parents are trying to figure out how they can keep their daughter at home without one of them quitting their job. Read more at http://cjonline.com/news/2012-02-05/medicaid-reform-concerns-growing
By Andy Marso
THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL http://cjonline.com/news/2012-02-03/gov-orders-srs-medicaid-reorganization
Gov. Sam Brownback followed through on a government reorganization plan that has been in the works for months Friday, consolidating the number of state agencies that handle Medicaid services from four to two.
Brownback signed an executive order morphing the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, one of the largest state agencies, into the Department for Children and Families. He named social worker and former state legislator Phyllis Gilmore to head the new department.
"As our state's health and human services agencies transition into new roles, it was important for us to find someone who is experienced in family and children-related issues and understands the many challenges our state's most vulnerable citizens face," Brownback said during a media briefing. "Phyllis shares my passion to improve our great state and reduce the number of Kansas children living in poverty."
From Governor's office,
Thank you for taking the time to contact my office to share your thoughts and suggestions concerning mental health services. There is no better guide to tough decision-making than the views and concerns of my fellow Kansans. Caring for the most vulnerable among us is vital. Kansans have always taken pride in the fact that we take care of each other.
As your Governor, I intend to continue to carry on this time honored tradition. It is my goal to turn our state's gaze toward protecting the core functions of state government. These core functions most certainly include looking after the most vulnerable among us. My administration is committed to this task.
My Administration's long term plan is to reduce the waiting lists by improving the health outcomes of Kansans, better coordinating care and more efficiently running Medicaid programs. By bending the cost curve of Medicaid down over time we will more efficiently spend Medicaid dollars and reduce the waiting lists.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and recommendations with me. As we continue to move our State forward, please keep me informed on issues that are of concern to you. I encourage you to visit my website at www.governor.ks.gov or contact my office at 785-368-8500.
On behalf of Wm. Jeff Kahrs, Interim-Acting Secretary of SRS and Shawn Sullivan, Secretary on Aging:
The Administration’s long term plan is to reduce the waiting lists by improving the health outcomes of Kansans, better coordinating care and more efficiently running Medicaid programs. By bending the cost curve of Medicaid down over time we will more efficiently spend Medicaid dollars and reduce the waiting lists.
Thank you for your inquiry.I made a call to the Governor's office about their plan to move the waiting list. I was told that they are trying to clean up the fraud and then there will be more money to put people on.
March 16- Targeted date for Electronic Verification
Currently the Electronic Verification system the state of Kansas is requiring SKIL to use is working only with Developmental Disability or DD waiver also working is the Frail and Elderly or FE waiver Direct Support Workers. It is also working with all Sleep Cycle services.
The State has informed SKIL the Physical Disability (PD) and Head Injury waivers are not working at this point.AuthentiCare has moved the date for PD and TBI personal assistant services to March 16, 2012. Until that date, the direct support workers (DSW) will not have to call in unless they are doing sleep cycle support on these 2 waivers.
The Kansas Department on Aging and the Kansas (KDOA) and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) are using a Electronic Verification and Monitoring (EV&M) system for home health care providers known as KS AuthentiCare for use in selected Medicaid waiver programs.
KS AuthentiCare is a web-based scheduling, time and attendance tracking and billing system designed specifically for the diverse needs of Medicaid home and community-based services. The paperless system provides real-time access to information needed for consumer services management and will assist providers in streamlining their business practices and reducing dependence on paper reporting and billing processes.
Using a traditional landline or GPS-enabled mobile device, claims are generated automatically when the worker calls a toll-free phone number from the consumer's home or uses the mobile application at the beginning and end of service delivery. KS AuthentiCare uses the worker's unique ID number and the consumer's phone number or the worker's unique ID number and GPS location to verify the service being provided and the consumer receiving the service. KS AuthentiCare submits the claim to Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) for settlement after the provider reviews and confirms the claim via the web.
SRS to Accept Applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
TOPEKA- The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) will be accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) from Wednesday, January 18 through Friday, March 30, 2012.
LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Individuals with disabilities, elderly persons, and families with children are the primary groups assisted. An average benefit of $262.88 was provided to 62,000 households in 2011.