Excerpt from: Kansas City Star (click for full article)
Kansas lawmakers moved forcefully Thursday toward placing the developmentally disabled in the state’s new managed-care program.
Without the shift, a key committee threatened, it would cut millions aimed at reducing waiting times to get services.
Critics charged that such a move pits the disabled against the disabled.
“I was shocked,” said Republican state Rep. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills.
It’s as if, she said, lawmakers are saying, “If you get this, we’re going to take away from you here. You get to pick.”
The developmentally disabled now receiving services through Medicaid must shift from Medicaid to KanCare, the House Appropriations Committee voted. If not, the committee decided, $4 million will be cut from efforts to speed up waiting times for thousands with developmental disabilities to receive care.