Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

Brownback administration not listening on I/DD care

It’s up to state lawmakers to keep long-term care services for intellectually and developmentally disabled Kansas out of KanCare – because the Brownback administration won’t listen. Parents and advocates rallied in Topeka Wednesday and signed a giant banner asking Gov. Sam Brownback to “carve out long-term I/DD services from KanCare.” But when asked about it by the Lawrence Journal World, Brownback said: “We’re putting forward our proposal as we have.” Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan criticized the service providers who organized the rally for trying “to create more fear for those they serve.” But it’s the administration insistence on entrusting the daily care of these vulnerable citizens to for-profit insurance companies that has families scared and upset.

The political rise and fall of Aaron Jack

When Aaron Jack – a former state representative from Andover – resigned on Feb. 12 from the top job at the Kansas Securities Commission, the announcement said he wanted to return to private industry. But the Topeka Capital-Journal reported this week that he was told to resign or be fired by Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff. And with good reason. During his two-year tenure, Jack pushed out nearly three-fourths of the commission’s staff, replacing many of them with GOP operatives. Not surprisingly, the commission’s enforcement record dropped. Jack also authorized more than $500,000 to be spent on a “public education” media campaign that seemed mostly aimed at aiding his planned run for Kansas insurance commissioner. “They’ve turned the agency into a dysfunctional pro-industry political bastion,” a former securities examiner told the Capital-Journal. “One of the best securities agencies in the country has been wiped out.” So has Jack’s political career.