The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were wise to delay approval of shifting long-term care for Kansans with intellectual or developmental disabilities into KanCare. There were too many questions and concerns about for-profit insurance companies managing these services to approve it starting Jan. 1, as the Brownback administration wanted. The rollout of other Medicaid services this year has been rocky, particularly the payments to providers. And the I/DD community is overwhelmingly opposed to privatizing long-term care. State officials hope to resolve the concerns by Feb. 1, but the federal agency shouldn’t approve the waiver unless it is convinced that Kansans with intellectual or developmental disabilities will be protected.
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