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Anticipating Federal Medicaid Changes, Kansas Officials Slow KanCare Renewal Process

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Kansas officials are temporarily putting the brakes on a plan to seek reauthorization of KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program.

Michael Randol heads the division in the Department of Health and Environment that oversees KanCare. He told legislators on Friday that changes favored by President-elect Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders could give states more flexibility in structuring their Medicaid programs.

“We really want to clearly understand what changes are going to occur in D.C. with that transition," Randol says. "And we want to make sure we identify all those opportunities and possibilities for the future.”

Randol says a request for proposals scheduled to go out to managed care companies next month will be delayed indefinitely. But he says the administration still plans to implement what it’s calling “KanCare 2.0” on January 1st, 2018.