Is audit a payback for organizations opposing KanCare?

“This audit is the Brownback administration’s political payback for community opposition to the KanCare carve-in of developmental disability services,” said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley (in photo), D-Topeka. He was complaining about an audit ordered this week by a legislative committee on whether conflicts of interest exist among more than two dozen organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. But Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, said the audit is not politically motivated. “The goal of the audit is to explore a potentially serious problem and ensure the most vulnerable Kansans are receiving the best possible care,” he said. Tom Laing, executive director of InterHab, a statewide association of service providers, said he doesn’t object to the audit but wondered why lawmakers aren’t also concerned about possible conflicts of interest with the private insurance companies that manage KanCare. “If it’s a big deal, why aren’t you looking at it in every other area?” Laing said.