Advocates Backing Brownback’s Plan For Disabled

Advocates are supporting Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to divert projected savings from the state’s Medicaid program to in-home services for the disabled.

But advocates for the developmentally disabled said Monday that they’ll also push the state to develop a long-term plan for eliminating the state’s waiting list for in-home services.

Kansas overhauled its Medicaid program, which covers health care for the needy. The state turned most of the program over to private insurance companies and is projecting greater than anticipated savings.

Advocates for the disabled said during a news conference that they see Brownback’s plan to use $8 million in savings for the state on in-home services as welcome progress.

Legislators reconvene Wednesday to finish work on the state budget for the fiscal year beginning in July.