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Editorial: Maximus money move was wrong call

Editorial Advisory Board   |  The Topeka Capital Journal    |    Aug. 27, 2018

Nothing but problems. That’s been the theme of the state’s transition to a privatized Medicaid program that closed regional offices and failed to deliver on promises of efficiency and cost savings. KDHE contracted with Maximus, a for-profit company with annual revenues in access of $2.4 billion, that specializes in privatizing government programs such as Medicaid.

Since contracting with Maximus in 2015 to create and manage a clearinghouse for Medicaid applications in Kansas, the KanCare oversight committee has heard from health care providers, Medicaid applicants, and even representatives from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment which oversees the contract, about payment backlogs, coverage denials and delayed applications.

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