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Legislators To Propose KanCare Oversight Panel

Kansas legislators will introduce measures during the 2013 session to create oversight of the state's new KanCare Medicaid system.

House Rep. David Crum and Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook announced their plans Monday during a Statehouse news conference. KanCare is the new federally approved system for Medicaid in Kansas, providing health care services to low-income and disabled residents.

Lawmakers will propose creating an oversight panel to which KanCare officials will report regular progress on the system. Similar panels have been created in the Legislature to oversee other state programs and initiatives.

Joining the legislators Monday was Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer who led the state's KanCare waiver application process. Three managed care organizations will begin implementing health care in January. Crum says oversight will help address any issues with implementing the new system.