Daily Archives: Nov. 12, 2013

Roberts says criticism of Sebelius ‘not personal’

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., denies that his call for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign was motivated by the tea party challenge he is facing in next year’s GOP primary, the Kansas City Star reported. He also acknowledged that mistakes are part of government, but he argued that they shouldn’t be “made and continued by design.” Though Roberts has known Sebelius for decades and used to worked for her father-in-law, former Rep. Keith Sebelius, Roberts said his criticism of Sebelius “is not personal.” That’s unlikely to make her feel better.

Open thread (Nov. 12)

KanCare contractor may restore dental program

A valuable program that provided dental care to low-income children in 41 underserved rural Kansas counties was put on hold this year after the state privatized its Medicaid program. UnitedHealthcare, one of the state’s three KanCare contractors, chose not to authorize payments for teeth cleanings performed in Head Start classrooms, which effectively suspended the program, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. But after being contacted by KHI News Service, the president of United’s Kansas health plan said the company would review its payment policies to ensure it is covering the dental services. Kathy Hunt, the Head Start official who coordinated the program, is appreciative. “What we were offering was a way for kids who don’t have access to dental care to get it,” she said.