Health centers shocked that state halted initiative

CB060917Community health centers across the state are understandably in shock after the state unexpectedly and at the last minute halted a new health homes initiative. The Medicaid program was supposed to provide wraparound services and close case management to chronically ill low-income Kansans, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. The health centers had spent thousands of dollars and hired new staff to get ready. But less than 24 hours before the program was to launch on Tuesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent a short e-mail saying it was indefinitely delaying the initiative. KDHE said that the network of providers was inadequate and it would re-evaluate after Jan. 1, 2015. But providers said that they aren’t sure they can afford to ramp up again or trust KDHE not to pull the plug. “I’ve lost faith it will ever happen,” said Krista Postai, chief executive of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.