CJ Online Letter: Offer a hand to the disabled
Imagine giving your children to other family members to raise because you are too ill to care for them and don’t even have someone to help you with the basics for yourself. Imagine living in a dirty home because you can’t vacuum, clean the bathroom or do the dishes.
More than 3,300 Kansas citizens don’t have to imagine these situations. They are living them. For three years, the state has had a waiting list for the Physical Disability Waiver. These people are your neighbors, friends, family members or even yourself, if not for the grace of God. Those on the waiting list have difficulty completing basic activities due to their disability. They struggle with completing the simplest task and make do without the help they need to remain independent.
CJ Online posting: Clean up KanCare
I am concerned that long-term care services have not yet been removed from the KanCare managed care proposal of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. I am a Kansas citizen, taxpayer, voter and supporter of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I expect these vital long-term care services to be removed from KanCare. It is unacceptable to conduct such a massive experiment on our state’s most vulnerable citizens.
THE CAPITAL JOURNAL - Legislators propose to delay Medicaid reform
Legislators propose to delay Medicaid reform
By Tim Carpenter
A majority of the Senate and one-third of the House signed a resolution by Wednesday seeking a six-month delay in implementation of the governor's managed care reform of health care for children, seniors and the disabled on Medicaid.
The administration of Gov. Sam Brownback dismissed the misgivings of legislators and declared there was no justification to postpone the start past Jan. 1.
However, the bipartisan coalition wants state officials to delay until July 1, 2013, hand-over of the state-run program to private insurance companies. At least 22 senators and about 45 representatives seek to slow the pace of the remodeling process to allow lawmakers, health professionals and clients to engage in a definitive study of how medical care and long-term services would be handled.
"Legislators have heard from dozens of recipients, families and disability advocates who would be affected by a statewide transition to privately operated managed care," said Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard. "The general consensus is that we're moving too fast."
Rep. Jerry Henry, D-Cummings, said efforts to privatize Medicaid in other states had resulted in late payments for claims and conflicts over what services were covered. http://cjonline.com/news/state/2012-03-07/legislators-propose-delay-medicaid-reform
Wichita Eagle article - Having to wait for state disability services is more than an inconvenience and could be a matter of life and death.
Bromme, who suffers from hepatitis C and rheumatoid arthritis, said that for her, having to wait for state disability services is more than an inconvenience and could be a matter of life and death.
She said her doctor wants her to go back onto debilitating chemotherapy-type drugs that offer the best chance of reducing – and possibly eradicating – the virus that has devastated her body. But without someone to come to her home and assist her with daily living tasks, she fears she will be unable to meet the challenge of caring for herself and the three grandchildren who live with her.
Bromme has been on the waiting list for home- and community-based services since May 2009. She’s still about 200 places from the head of the line.
“I could use some services,” she said. “And I’m sure somebody could use a job.” http://www.kansas.com/2012/03/07/2246037/thousands-of-disabled-kansas-waiting.html
Colyer is not listening to professionals in the field
The Brownback administration has not adequately explained why long-term services for the physically and developmentally disabled — things like housing, caretaker support and vocational opportunities — should be placed under the jurisdiction of private insurance companies set up to facilitate medical care.
Brownback, Colyer are ignoring good advice from professionals
A sizable and bipartisan group of Kansas lawmakers on Wednesday called on Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to slow down their plans to hand the care of the state’s Medicaid patients over to private insurance companies.
Hospital administrators, doctors, nursing home operators and worried families have been making the same plea for months. They justifiably fear that a rushed move to KanCare, as the new managed care system is called, will disrupt medical services for poor, disabled and elderly clients.
Within hours, the legislators had their response in the form of a terse news release from Colyer.
A delay, he said, would be “a costly mistake.”
“The status quo is not serving us well, and delay will not improve the health of anyone,” Colyer said.
In its entirety, the lieutenant governor’s statement smacks of hubris. Colyer is not listening to professionals in the field, who foresee chaos if thousands of patients are moved from a state-run program to a new managed care network on Jan. 1 of next year.
There are compelling reasons to delay the move for at least six months, as the House and Senate lawmakers requested:
Tuesday March 6th advocates from around the state of Kansas joined in a conference call to discuss the current issues facing people with disabilities in Kansas.
Shannon Jones, Executive Director for the State wide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK) began the discussion with the House Social Services Budget committee report. A PDF file of the report is available on request. Shannon expressed the need to thank Rep Barbara Ballard, Rep Jerry Henry and Rep Bill Feuerborn for their outstanding efforts to speak out about the value of Centers for Independent Living and the desperate need to fund the HCBS/PD waiting lists.
The Senate subcommittee will begin review of Aging and SRS budgets Thursday March 7 and continue on Friday and into the following week. Advocates need to focus phone calls and emails to members of the Senate Ways & Means committee urging them to reconsider the FMS rate and remind them of the over 3,500 people still waiting for services, most of whom have been waiting for over 3 years.
Discussion included the great work going on in the field. Many Legislators are hearing from advocactes and most are listening. Advocates have had great media coverage calling attention to the ever growing waiting list and some excellent letters to the editor.
- Veteran Farmers Project - Free Workshops
- Accessiblity with friends survey
- Brownback plans would treat the poor differently
- Kansas Could Face Fed Lawsuit Over Alleged Disabled Discrimination
- Eighth Annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Crowning Open to the Public
- Waiting List individuals will have a common contact.
- National Ag Day and Steve Hoover with AgrAbility
- Remember the Olmstead Celebration June 22, 2011
- Video of Olmstead Celebration Topeka, KS
- Kansas officials to sit down with feds over waiting list concerns
- Kansas EmployAbility.com
- Early Intervention Services
- Kansas AgrAbility Project
- SC Statewide Independent Living Council Job Posting
- Campaign to fight housing discrimination
- Jeff Simpson has been waiting since May 2010
- Gary Cookus and Harlem Ambassadors benefit for a 20 year USAF Veteran
- NCIL Regional Advocacy Award
- HSCF is accepting applications for the Advocates in Disability Award (ADA).
- President's Budget and IL
- KHI News - Centers struggle to cope with new rules
- No Part D Copayments for Dual Eligibles Receiving Medicaid HCBS Services
- Job news - Career Fair Expo
- Justice Department Signs Agreement with the City of Humboldt, Kansas, to Ensure Civic Access for People with Disabilities
- Cindy Miller has been waiting on the services that she has already been approved to receive since October 2010
- Kansas asked the federal government Thursday January 26th to waive some of its rules so that the state can overhaul its $2.9 billion Medicaid program
- Stop the Attack on Public Transportation: Join the National Call-In Day this Thursday, February 9!
- IRS provides assistance for people with disabilities
- Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
- Stephen L. Busby "My story"
- Medicaid reform concerns growing
- Gov. orders SRS, Medicaid reorganization
- Electronic Verification Live March 16 on PD and TBI
- Response from Gov. office
- Abe Jahansouz is on the Physical Disability Waiver Waiting List since September 2009
- Needing to sell Jazzy wheelchair.
- SRS to Accept Applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
- State Attendant Care Program
- Disability awareness and education at KUMC
- Electronic Verification system implemented by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
- “WE CONNECT NOW”
- KHI News update - Moreno resigns deputy secretary post at SRS
- JAN's interactive process on job accommodations
- Local News from KLKC
- Lyme Support group and newsletter
- Why is Timebanking a good idea? by Richard Raygor
- Kansas Youth Leadership Forum
- MS. WHEELCHAIR KANSAS EXTENDS CONTESTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE TO FEBRUARY 10, 2012
- Pat Shiu is the Director of the Office of Federal Contracts and Compliance programs discusses new job opportunities for people with disabilities
- MEDICAID : Excerpt from State of the State address