KanCare off to rocky start

Gov. Sam Brownback failed to mention KanCare in his State of the State speech – remarkable given the sea change it represents for the 380,000 individuals and the providers affected by the Jan. 1 privatization of Medicaid and HealthWave. But at least in Johnson County, the 2-week-old reform is off to a rocky start, warned Kansas City Star columnist Steve Rose. Some primary care physicians and hospitals haven’t signed up with the three managed-care contractors, he said, and there have been contractual issues between providers and insurers. Anecdotes include an 8-year-old boy whose assigned primary care physician is a gynecologist and a 25-year-old man assigned to a pediatrician. A 90-day grace period “gives KanCare a short time to resolve its issues with the would-be providers, and to get the 380,000 Kansans assigned correctly to their primary care physicians and dentists,” Rose wrote.