Disability community awaiting details regarding Kansas Medicaid waiver integration

September 29, 2015

Advocates for elderly and disabled in Kansas are awaiting the publication of the state's plan to combine seven Medicaid waivers into one. The waivers currently provide home and community-based services for people within a range of support categories, including developmental disability, physical disability, traumatic brain injury or frail/elderly. The waivers at issue allow Kansas to provide longer-term care in home and community settings rather than institutional ones. State officials say combining the seven waivers will reduce bureaucracy and allow enrollees to receive services that better fit their individual needs, rather than being constrained by a disability label. Advocates for Kansans with disabilities have expressed concerns about the overhaul.