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Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) in cooperation with Kansas Medicaid and other agencies accept wheelchairs, hospital beds and other durable medical equipment (DME) that are no longer being used.  KEE refurbishes and makes these items available for other Kansans at NO CHARGE. KEE assists Kansans in obtaining affordable durable medical equipment. RCIL is one of the five KEE access sites and covers 13 counties.  We will be holding an equipment drive this Saturday, June 4th, in Topeka and we are looking for equipment to help fill the needs for people with disabilities in our 13 counties.  If you have equipment you are no longer using please bring it to 517 SW 37th Street in Topeka anytime between 8:00am-2:00pm.

KYEA

Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) will be hosting a garage sale and bake sale during this time too.  So plan on bringing some change to help change the lives of youths with disabilities. KYEA’s mission: The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy educates, mentors, and supports youth with disabilities in Kansas to be contributing members of their community.

KYEA Garage Sale Flyer 2016

As part of the KanCare Waiver Integration Project, KDHE will be providing a one-hour training about Medicaid waivers. This training is a result of recommendations from the Waiver Integration Stakeholder Engagement (WISE) workgroup. The training is designed to help anyone who works in Medicaid-funded programs or receives Medicaid-funded services to understand:

What “waiver” means in the Medicaid world How two different types of waivers (1115 demonstrations and home and community based services – HCBS – waivers) are the same in some ways and different in others What protections are, and can be, included in each kind of waiver

There will be in-person training sessions, in Topeka, and conference calls January 6-February 4, 2016. One of the in-person sessions will be video-taped and placed online for those who cannot attend in person or participate in a conference call. More sessions may be provided in other locations at a later time.

Everyone must register for this training, using the form linked below. If you have questions about this training, please contact Carol Arace at carace@kdheks.gov or 785-296-4753.

Waiver Medicaid Training Form

Home and Community Based Services
KS Dept for Aging and Disability Services
503 S. Kansas Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66603

Ph: 785-296-4986
Fax: 785-296-0256
Email: hcbs-ks@kdads.ks.gov

KDADS is hosting a “KanCare HCBS Waiver Integration Information and Comment Tour” and are encouraging consumers and their families to attend.  All locations will feature meetings at 1:30pm-3:30pm for providers and 5:30pm-7:30pm for consumers and families.

Topeka Tuesday, Nov. 10th Capitol Plaza Hotel 1717 SW Topeka Blvd

Wichita Thursday, Nov. 12th Doubletree Wichita Airport 2098 Airport Rd

Kansas City Thursday, Nov. 12th Hilton Garden Inn 520 Minnesota Ave

Hays Monday, Nov. 16th Ambassador Hotel 3603 Vine St

Pittsburg Monday, Nov. 16th Holiday Inn Express 4011 Parkview Dr

If you are unable to attend in person there will be conference calls on Friday, November 13th from 12:00pm-1:30pm and Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. To access the conference call dial: (866) 620-7326 Enter code: 527-268-5242.

The Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is preparing to submit the paperwork necessary to renew the waivers that guide HCBS in Kansas.  The draft includes changes to the existing services.  Consumers are encouraged to read the information that KDADS is going to submit to the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid and provide feedback. 

The draft renewals, which include the Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings and proposed changes for each HCBS Program’s renewal are available online at www.KDADS.ks.gov for public comment until December 10, 2014. The Public Comment period allows all consumers and providers of the follow programs: Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physical Disability and Traumatic Brain Injury.  

Additionally, KDADS has provided a summary of the proposed changes. Only the areas of proposed changes identified in the summary document are available for public comment. New documents with helpful information about the transition plan have been posted online as well.

You may access the documents three ways:

Online: www.KDADS.ks.gov – on the home page

In Person: At your local Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO), Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or Center for Independent Living (CIL).

By Email: HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.gov – Please notify us if you need an accommodation

Questions and Answers are made available online and shared through appropriate public sessions, conference calls, listservs and bulletins during the comment period. A summary of responses will available online after the public comment period has ended for the renewals or any changes to them, and the summary of responses will be provided to CMS as part of the renewal submission.

Comments and Public Input on a Transition Plan can be submitted to KDADS during the comment period the following ways:

By Phone: 785-296-4986 or 785-296-3473
By Email: HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.govSubject: HCBS Renewals Public Comments
By Mail: KDADS, Attn: HCBS Programs, 503 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.
By Fax: 785-296-0256, Attn: HCBS Programs

 

Open enrollment for KanCare is underway. If you joined KanCare in January 2013, your open enrollment for plan year
2014 began this month, with changes going into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Open enrollment packets have been mailed out to
these members. For members who joined KanCare after January 2013, your open enrollment packets will be sent to you
around the anniversary date of you joining KanCare.

Open enrollment gives you the choice to change your plan if you want. If you choose to keep
the same health plan you have now, you do not need to submit an enrollment packet, and you
will be automatically re-enrolled in the same plan.

All members will have 60 days to review their open enrollment packet and decide whether or
not they want to stay in their plan or change to a different plan. For more information about
Open Enrollment, please visit www.kancare.ks.gov.

(This article is from KanCare Advisor which is a bulletin published by Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services)