To the editor:
Maintaining quality services for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities is very important to me. I am very concerned that the state will include long-term care services for persons with developmental disabilities in its managed care plan for Kansas beginning January 1, 2014.
Managed care models were designed to help contain costs associated with acute medical needs. Long-term care for persons with significant intellectual or developmental disabilities is neither acute nor medical. It is a spectrum of life-long, person-focused supports that enable a person to live as independently as possible in the community of their choosing.
I strongly urge you to permanently exclude I/DD long-term care services from KanCare.