The Brownback administration went against the pleas of parents and other advocates and privatized the long-term care of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities, beginning Feb. 1. It now officially owns the reform, and it had better deliver on its promises of improved care to this vulnerable population. The parents will be watching closely and holding the administration accountable. “We are not going away,” said Marla Flentje of Wichita. Based on problems with KanCare this past year – including difficulty obtaining approvals for care and delayed and denied payments to providers – there is real reason to worry.
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