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Kan. Stat. Ann. § 39-7,160. Robert G. (Bob) Bethell joint committee on hme and community based services and KanCare oversight; members; meetings; reporting; compensation and expenses: Social Welfare — Dissemination of Information on Enforcement – Kansas

Status: Enacted
Year Enacted: 2008
Year Amended: 2015
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There is hereby established the Robert G. (Bob) Bethell joint committee on home and community based services and KanCare oversight. The joint committee shall review the number of individuals who are transferred from state or private institutions and long-term care facilities to the home and community based services and the associated cost savings and other outcomes of the money-follows-the-person program. The joint committee shall review the funding targets recommended by the interim report submitted for the 2007 legislature by the joint committee on legislative budget and use them as guidelines for future funding planning and policy making. The joint committee shall have oversight of savings resulting from the transfer of individuals from state or private institutions to home and community based services. As used in K.S.A. 39-7,159 through 39-7,162, and amendments thereto, “savings” means the difference between the average cost of providing services for individuals in an institutional setting and the cost of providing services in a home and community based setting. The joint committee shall study and determine the effectiveness of the program and cost-analysis of the state institutions or long-term care facilities based on the success of the transfer of individuals to home and community based services. The joint committee shall consider the issues of whether sufficient funding is provided for enhancement of wages and benefits of direct individual care workers and their staff training and whether adequate progress is being made to transfer individuals from the institutions and to move them from the waiver waiting lists to receive home and community based services. The joint committee shall review and ensure that any proceeds resulting from the successful transfer be applied to the system of provision of services for long-term care and home and community based services. The joint committee shall monitor and study the implementation and operations of the home and community based service programs, the children’s health insurance program, the program for the all-inclusive care of the elderly and the state medicaid programs including, but not limited to, access to and quality of services provided and any financial information and budgetary issues. Any state agency shall provide data and information on KanCare programs, including, but not limited to, pay for performance measures, quality measures and enrollment and disenrollment in specific plans, KanCare provider network data and appeals and grievances made to the KanCare ombudsman, to the joint committee, as requested.


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