Extra funding will help reduce waiting lists

Good for Gov. Sam Brownback for releasing $37 million in funding to help reduce waiting lists for in-home services for the disabled. In a particularly mean-spirited move, the Legislature tried to silence advocacy groups by making the extra funding conditional on the inclusion of the long-term care of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities within KanCare, the state’s new privately managed Medicaid program. Because KanCare won’t take over I/DD management until Jan. 1, state officials weren’t going to release the funding until then. But after being pressed by advocates, Brownback agreed to go ahead and release the money, which is expected to reduce the number of people on the waiting lists by about 13 percent over the next two years.