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Lt. Governor’s Medicaid working group announces public input website

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., and members of the Medicaid Reform Working Group have released details of an online tool for members of the public to share their ideas for reform of the state Medicaid system.

“I want to thank all of the Kansans who took time out of their lives to come give their input into a very important issue. The state’s Medicaid system needs a lot of help, and I’m happy that we have been able to hear from so many Kansans at the public forums,” said Lt. Governor Colyer. “Now, the web submission tool will give even more Kansans the ability to share their input with us. I encourage all Kansans to use this convenient tool to participate in the Medicaid reform process.”

Members of the public can visit http://kdheks.gov/hcf/medicaid_reform_forum/ to share ideas for Medicaid reform with the working group.

The public input web tool is a part of the working group’s efforts to solicit ideas, comments and concerns about Medicaid from the general public. The web submission tool will give members of the public the chance to share ideas and concerns about the Medicaid program. In the past six weeks, the working group has held public forums in Topeka, Wichita and Dodge City to speak to Kansans in person about their ideas. More than 1,000 Kansans attended the three public meetings.

Kansas, like most other states, faces an enormous shortfall as the cost of the Medicaid program continues to climb. In his State of the State address to the Kansas Legislature in January, Gov. Brownback announced Lt. Gov. Colyer would lead a collaborative effort to remake the state’s Medicaid program.

The public input process for Medicaid reform has been designed for government leaders and the general public to exchange ideas and brainstorm solutions for reforming Medicaid to improve outcomes for recipients while reducing the cost to taxpayers.

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