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Kan. gov. agrees to modify Medicaid plan

By John Hanna

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 25 2012 3:35 p.m. MDT

Developmentally disabled Kansas residents and advocates for them leave personal items on the south steps of the Statehouse to protest part of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Topeka, Kan. Rally participants want to exclude services for the developmentally disabled from the overhaul

John Hanna, Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. — Amid pressure from advocates for the developmentally disabled, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is going along with a proposal to modify his plans for overhauling the $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program.

Brownback announced Wednesday that his administration is endorsing a proposal for a one-year exclusion of long-term services for the developmentally disabled from the Medicaid reforms. Those services wouldn't become part of the overhaul until 2014.

House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid, an Olathe Republican who's normally a Brownback ally, confirmed that he is pursuing the proposal. His plan would allow pilot projects to test whether private managed-care companies can provide adequate services.

Brownback's administration plans to turn the management of Medicaid over to three private companies, starting in 2013. Medicaid covers medical services for the poor, needy and disabled.

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