Health Care

Public meeting on KanCare renewal Saturday in Olathe

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is hosting a public input meeting for people on KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid system, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Embassy Suites at 10401 S. Ridgeview Road in Olathe.

It’s part of a series of five meetings across the state for KanCare providers and patients required by the federal government as the state seeks permission to continue with a Medicaid system administered by three private companies: Amerigroup, Sunflower State Health Plan (a division of Centene) and UnitedHealthcare.

Federal permission to administer KanCare in its current form expires at the end of the year. State officials are seeking a one-year extension of the current plan and then a five-year commitment for a revised version called KanCare 2.0.

Written comments about KanCare can be submitted until Oct. 15 online at; or by mail at KanCare Renewal, c/o Becky Ross, KDHE Division of Health Care Finance, 900 SW Jackson, LSOB – 9th Floor, Topeka, Kansas, 66612.