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Ruth E Jones, Executive Director
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State officials trying to clean up waiting lists for
home-based Medicaid Services
officials say they are having trouble reaching people
By Dave Ranney
KHI News Service
March 14, 2014
— People with physical disabilities on a waiting list for Medicaid-funded,
in-home services are being urged to tell their whereabouts to the Kansas
Department for Aging and Disability Services.
doing everything we can to find to these people and to assist them in making
sure that the information KDADS has on them is accurate and up to date,” said
Rosie Cooper, executive director with the Kansas Association for Centers for
association recently launched a publicity campaign aimed at getting people on
the waiting list to contact KDADS.
this week, KDADS sent form letters to more than 2,600 physically disabled
people on its waiting list for in-home services, alerting them they have until
April 9 to inform the agency what services they are still interested in
that don’t respond by June 30 will be dropped from the list.
letters include a one-page form for verifying a recipient’s contact information
Secretary Shawn Sullivan said the letters were sent because the department was
having a hard time finding many of the people on the list.
currently serving 5,515 people on the PD (physical disability) waiver,”
Sullivan. “We have room (funds) to serve 5,900, but we can’t do that unless
we’re able to contact people.”
September, Sullivan said, KDADS sent letters to 462 physically disabled people
it thought could be moved off the waiting list.
half either didn’t respond or indicated they were no longer interested in
receiving services,” he said. “Some had died, some had moved out of state, and
some said they were still interested but were found to be no longer eligible.
experience highlighted the need for us to come up with a list with more
integrity than the one we have now,” he said.
latest mailing, he said, already had generated about 200 responses.
wanting to help the state find these people because we want them to get the
services they need,” Cooper said. “But at the same time, we recognize that a
lot of them went on the list when it was run by SRS (former Kansas Department
of Social and Rehabilitation Services), so they’ve never heard of KDADS. And
the centers for independent living used to be the gateway to Medicaid, now it’s
KanCare. They don’t understand that either. So there’s a lot of educating to
association recently sent a recorded public service announcement to radio
stations throughout the state. It also is publicizing the KDADS notice in its
with physical disabilities are being urged to return the forms on their own or
call a KDADS office or center for independent living in their area for
month, KDADS sent similar notices to the 1,400 people with developmental
disabilities who are thought to be on the state’s ‘underserved’ waiting list.
forms were due March 1, but (KDADS) is still accepting them,” said Matt
Fletcher, associate director of Interhab, an association that represents many
of the state’s community based programs for the developmentally disabled.
have been some problems,” Fletcher said. “A fair number of people either didn’t
get notices or they got a letter and no forms or forms and no letter. It’s
pretty clear there are some issues with the list, but we’re working with them.
It’s important that people respond.”