Letters to the Editor

Kansas cuts, KanCare, tea party taxes

Updated: 2013-05-14T23:01:20Z

Land of cutbacks

On April 3, we mailed our tax return to the Kansas Department of Revenue, with a refund due. By May 10, we had not received the refund, so we called the Department of Revenue.

The people there told us that tax returns are not even entered into their system for 16 weeks. Sixteen weeks.

We can find out nothing about it until then: July 24. They cannot even tell us whether they received the tax return until then.

They said the reason was budget cuts. I wonder, will they pay us interest for their delay? Welcome to Brownbackistan.

Dennis and Nova Maack

Overland Park

KanCare working

As president and CEO of the Kansas Health Care Association, the oldest nursing home association in Kansas, I represent nursing-facility residents and the providers who care for them.

For years, my members have expressed concerns about the sustainability of Medicaid, and we came to understand that changes were needed in the way states finance long-term care. KanCare was touted as providing that answer.

Our association spent much of 2012 preparing membership for KanCare with the help of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, the administration and the managed-care organizations. There was anxiety and fear leading up to implementation in January.

The first several weeks of KanCare were tense, but the administration worked diligently with members to resolve any problems. We still are challenged at times as we form new relationships, but our worst fears are not materializing.

We are now four months into KanCare, and the most significant issue facing our members is the complexity of interacting with three managed-care companies.

Our membership would like to thank the administration for partnering with us. We look forward to continuing to work with the state to address challenges while we move forward with KanCare.

Cindy Luxem

President and CEO

Kansas Health

Care Association

Topeka

Health care right

As a practicing registered nurse in Kansas City, I have the opportunity to interact with many people receiving health care. What I hear repeatedly are the concerns people have regarding how to manage their health and then how to manage their ability to live after spending money for medications, their ambulance bills, their physicians or their nurse practitioners if they have no insurance, or even if they do, how can they handle their co-pays.

How do I get services for mental health, diabetes, congestive heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation and smoking cessation? As a resident of Kansas City, I am pleased the health levy tax has passed, which says to me we are aware of what it means to have basic services and are willing to support a tax to provide these services for our community.

In the same spirit, but without a tax, we have an opportunity to support Missouri Medicaid expansion. Please call your senators and representatives and remind them what it would mean for access to health care for Missouri residents both in the urban and non-urban areas.

It is the right thing to do.

Nancy Barr

Kansas City

Recall Brownback

In addition to all the other financial problems caused by Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget plans (which both Democrat and Republican analysts have called the worst in the country), Kansas taxpayers are now being asked to pay for Gov. Brownback’s court case against the Justice Department.

That’s the case regarding Kansas gun laws, which conflict with federal gun laws. The governor is sadly out of step with the majority of his constituents.

Why don’t we just recall the guy and go back to a more sensible form of government?

Mona Glazer

Overland Park

Tea party taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure that before tax exemptions are given, an investigation confirms that requested exemptions are indeed legal (5-13, A1, “Actions by IRS called chilling”).

The rant of multimillionaires and tea partiers that they are being profiled is plainly ridiculous. Any group that spends massive amounts of money to ensure elections are won by their candidates should be held to a higher degree of scrutiny when they want special treatment with regard to their taxes.

I thought the tea party was all about reducing the debt. Less income (taxes) usually equals more debt.

I’m sure the tea partiers and multimillionaires who are being “profiled” have more tax deductions and loopholes bought and paid for via their lobbyists than most of us could even dream of.

We live in a great country, and these people made it partly because of the opportunities of this country. But instead of gratefully paying taxes on the riches accumulated, they buy politicians, who promise them less taxes and call themselves patriots.

Kathryn Alexander

Olathe

Topsy-turvy U.S.

It is official. The lunatics have taken control of the asylum.

The only proof needed is to watch the Republican and Democratic clowns in the Missouri legislature as well as Congress and the amateurs in the administration of President Barack Obama along with the “let’s go Barack” reporting exhibited by the television talking heads and those employed by The Kansas City Star.

The coup de grace is the Reader’s Digest study that says Americans trust TV judges more than those on the U.S. Supreme Court. The lunatics are in charge.

Russ Warren

Nevada, Mo.

Generosity lost

On Mother’s Day, our family went to the Independence IHOP for breakfast before attending the Royals game. Because the place was very crowded, some customers had parked in the Blue Ridge Bank parking lot.

About 15 minutes into our meal, a server came to the table and announced that someone from the bank had called and said that cars belonging to non-bank customers were going to be towed. On a Sunday?

Sure enough, about five minutes later, two tow trucks appeared. Needless to say, it created a small scramble to move vehicles.

What harm could it possibly have done the bank to have permitted an overflow to park in its lot on a non-business day? It gives a whole new meaning to “bah, humbug.”

Joe Hilton

Blue Springs

Inhumane bombings

What an unspeakable horror a bombing is — whether in Boston or in Baghdad. The lives of young people, of children, and the integrity of human bodies are disrupted and destroyed.

In the weeks after the Boston tragedy, let us not forget that we are responsible for similar attacks, albeit perpetrated by drones and fighters behind computers at military bases in the United States.

We send drones to too many countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. These people are our brothers and sisters, too.

Let’s mourn our dead and tend to our injured. And then let’s demand an end to drone attacks and demand accountability for what they have done.

Gina Coffman

Kansas City

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