Kansas Postpones Overhaul on Disabilities Program

(AP) – The state of Kansas says it’s delaying an overhaul in how it provides services to people with disabilities.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1LiB4MF ) reports the state announced the delay Tuesday, after concerns about changes were voiced by people with disabilities, their families, providers and caretakers. Thousands of people would be affected by the overhaul.

The change announced in August would condense seven Medicaid waivers based on disability type into one universal waiver. State agencies wanted to switch over to the new waiver by July 1, but the delay pushes that back to Jan. 1, 2017.

In a news release, state Department of Health and Environment Secretary Susan Mosier said officials want to have the workings of waiver integration “firmly in place” before switching.

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