Medicaid is a vital source of long term care for many individuals and families in Kansas. KanCare, the state’s Medicaid managed care program, provides coverage for nursing home care, as well as some in-home personal care assistance. If you or someone you know are considering long term care, it is important to understand the ins and outs of how KanCare works.
What is KanCare
KanCare is a managed care program that serves all Medicaid recipients in the state of Kansas. This program provides comprehensive healthcare services, including long term care services, to eligible individuals who may not be able to afford medical care on their own.
Managed care means that a private health insurance company is contracted by the state of Kansas to provide healthcare services to Medicaid beneficiaries. This ensures that healthcare providers are paid adequately for the services they provide to Medicaid beneficiaries, and that beneficiaries have access to quality care.
In Kansas, the KanCare program offers different types of services, including medical, behavioral health, dental, and long term care services. It is important to note that long term care services are available to those who need assistance with daily living activities and are not just limited to nursing home care.
Long Term Care Services Covered Under KanCare
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to long term care is the cost. For those who are eligible, Medicaid can help ease the financial burden through the KanCare program. But what exactly is covered under KanCare when it comes to long term care?
First and foremost, KanCare covers nursing home care. This includes room and board, nursing supplies, social services/activities, transportation to medical appointments, and some restorative therapy services. Also, some in-home personal care assistance is also covered under the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program.
Either long term care program has limitations and requirements that must be navigated in order to qualify. For example, there may be a limit on the number of days covered for nursing home care, or certain criteria that must be met for in-home personal care assistance. It is always best to check with your specific plan and provider for more information on what is covered.
In Kansas, KanCare is a managed care program, this is different than Missouri’s MO Healthnet program. This means, the services are operated by private insurance companies. This can sometimes cause confusion or questions about coverage or benefits. If you have any questions or concerns about your coverage or benefits, it is recommended that you contact your plan or provider directly for more information.
I Have Questions About My Coverage or Benefits. Who Can I Contact?
If you have any questions or concerns about your coverage or benefits under KanCare, the best place to turn is to an expert in Medicaid law. At Paths Law Firm, our team is highly experienced in advocating for individuals and families as they navigate the complex landscape of qualifying for long term care coverage and protecting assets. We can provide guidance and support as you work to access the benefits and services that are available to you through KanCare, and we can also help you to understand any changes to the program or your coverage that may affect you in the future. To get started, simply reach out to our team to schedule a consultation. We’re here to help!