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Your Input is Needed THIS WEEK on Proposed Global HCBS Waiver

Dear Kansas Advocates:

The Kansas Department of Aging & Disability (KDADS) is holding several community meetings next week. They want public comment on problems with KanCare and on their proposal to create a big change to the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver program.  The big change is this.  Kansas currently has eight waiver programs - physical disability, frail elderly, intellectual/developmental disability, traumatic brain injury, severely emotionally disturbed, autism, and the technologically assisted Waivers. The KDADS Waiver Integration Project COMBINES ALL HBBS WAIVER programs into ONE.  Kansas would do this with a combined “1115 Waiver.”  It is important that self-advocates, family members, and anyone else who might be concerned to please attend the meetings THIS WEEK and ask questions about these changes to the Waiver programs ... let KDADS know what problems you may be having with the current KanCare system.

See below for listing of the dates and times of the public input sessions.

QUESTIONS ABOUT COMBINING ALL THE WAIVERS
Will the new waiver have all of the supports and services that are currently available? If not, what ones will we lose?
Will the new waiver also include adults with mental health concerns?
Will all Kansans with disabilities who use the one waiver be offered employment supports?
What will happen to the individual waiting lists if we go to one waiver? How will you determine who gets services when?

People with disabilities and Kansas advocates need to pose tough questions regarding the proposal to move Kansas to a single “One Waiver.”

CONCERNS ABOUT KANCARE
The following are just a sample of some of the questions advocates have heard. If one or more of these issues affects you, please let KDADS know at these community meetings …

I don’t have access to the same level of Targeted Case Management under KanCare.  How will this One Waiver impact that?
I can't get hold of my Care Coordinator.
My hours have been cut.
My care/support worker deserves better pay.
American Sign Language rehabilitation therapy needs to be offered to those who would benefit.
I'm concerned about the new proposed cap on attendant hours.
I'm concerned about the bullying tactics being used, for example, being forced to sign blank plans of care or lose attendant hours.

We know there are many more issues surrounding KanCare and how people receive services. Please plan on attending one of the public comment sessions and make your voice be heard!

Public Input Sessions on Combining all the Waivers into One Waiver:

TUESDAY August 25 - Topeka
Capitol Plaza Hotel - 1717 SW Topeka
10:30-12:00, 2:00-3:30, 5:30-7:00

WEDNESDAY August 26 - Kansas City
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS
10:00-11:30, 2:00-3:30, 5:30-7:30

WEDNESDAY August 26 - Wichita
Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita
10:00-11:30, 2:00-3:30, 5:30-7:00

THURSDAY August 27 - Coffeyville
Sleep Inn & Suites, 202 W. 11th St., Coffeyville
10:00-11:30, 2:00-3:00

THURSDAY August 27 - Garden City
Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., Garden City
10:00-11:30, 2:00-3:00

See below for a link to the invitation to these events.

Rocky Nichols
Executive Director
Disability Rights Center of Kansas

Click here for the invitation to these events.