Governor reverses course on KanCare for the disabled

by Dennis Sharkey

Gov. Sam Brownback reversed course last week on part of the plan to overhaul the state Medicaid system when it concerns the physically and developmentally disabled after hundreds including Jefferson County Commissioners objected.

Brownback announced last week that at least for a year that aspect of health care would be left out of the overhaul. Brownback’s plan calls for turning over the management of Medicaid to three private companies.

Two weeks ago Jefferson County Commissioners signed a statement opposing the transfer of those specified services.

First District Commissioner Lynn Luck was pleased to hear the announcement but reserved her excitement because it is only a year.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Luck said.

In other actions:

Commissioners had a light agenda except for the approval of four separate planning and zoning issues.

• Commissioners approved a rezoning of land from suburban residential to commercial property. The property is located on K-4 Highway just south of the strip mall outside of Meriden. The parcel of property was the only remaining property in the area that was not zoned commercial.

• A replat of an addition just east of Ferguson Road on 46th Street was approved. The lot was split into two properties.

• Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for an in-home day care on Kiowa Road just south of K-92 Highway.

• Earl Rice, owner of Four Seasons of Topeka, is closing his store and moving operations to his home on 90th Street near Christy Road.

Commissioners approved the new pool store with four conditions. The store cannot sell chemicals that require a license. The store cannot repackage bulk chemicals for sale on the site. No chlorine gas can be stored at the site and the store can be inspected at any time.

Rice said the store would only be open one or two days a week and mostly by appointment.

• Commissioners also heard an appeal for an agriculture lot split that was denied. Commissioners upheld the denial.

• Commissioners approved the opt out of a county employee from the direct deposit system. Five employees have requested the opt out.

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