The CMS has reversed course and approved Kansas' Medicaid waiver that was denied by the Obama administration.
The CMS has signed off on a one-year extension of the state's KanCare program, which allows the state to have most of its Medicaid population, including those needing long-term care services, in a managed-care plan. The program was on track to expire Dec. 31.
The Trump administration's reprieve, granted Oct. 13, will also continue the state's safety-net care pool, which has two funding streams: one for uncompensated care and one for delivery system reform incentive payments, under which the state creates new programs to better care for Medicaid enrollees. Collectively, the state has budgeted $80 million for the two pools.
The CMS denied the extension request during the Obama administration over concerns that managed-care organizations had inadequate state oversight. The federal agency also said the state hadn't responded to public comments on the waiver, and there wasn't sufficient information about provider networks.