There’s a podcast interview here with Beverly Gossage concerning Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s new Medicaid plan.
Over the past ten years, Kansas’ Medicaid budget has grown about 7.5 percent year—a rate consistent with the growth in other states, but one that lawmakers say cannot be sustained. To improve outcomes and reduce costs, Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, has proposed a method of privatizing the system, which serves about 350,000 Kansans.
Brownback’s administration promises the plan, named “KanCare,” will achieve the savings without reducing coverage for the disabled, the elderly, or poor families, and without cutting payments to doctors, hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.