(June 23, 2020) – The Robert G (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight met early this week. The committee spent the first morning hearing from individuals, providers and organizations, including the Kansas Hospital Association. The committee heard various updates on the impact of COVID-19 on resources and revenues from the conferees. Concerns about the cost of testing and access to personal protective equipment for long-term care were chief among the items shared. Conferees also expressed concern about low reimbursement rates for home and community-based services, which make it challenging to hire and retain personal care workers. The committee then heard updates from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and the Secretary for Children and Families and the three KanCare managed care organizations regarding a listing of unresolved issues that had been presented to the committee at prior meetings.
The second day of the meeting began with general updates from KDHE, KDADS, and DCF on current activities, followed by a review of human services caseload estimates, and presentations by the MCOs. The committee concluded its meeting with a presentation from KDHE on the impact of COVID-19 on KanCare programs and populations. The committee did not set a date for its next meeting.