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WSU Hugo Wall School to host April 12 policy summit on Medicaid

Friday, April 06, 2012

The State of Kansas is considering major changes to its Medicaid program that provides medical services for poor, disabled and elderly citizens. Managing a Medicaid budget of nearly $3 billion is a central policy concern for the state.

The dilemma of controlling Medicaid costs and delivering quality services will be the topic of discussion at a Thursday, April 12, policy summit sponsored by the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University.

The summit is from 2-5 p.m. in WSU’s Rhatigan Student Center, third floor ballroom. There is no charge. To register, contact Gayle Martin, (316) 978-6541 or gayle.martin@wichita.edu, prior to Wednesday, April 11.

The policy summit will begin with a brief history of Medicaid in Kansas and a discussion of reforms in other states. State officials will discuss current and future changes to the Medicaid program followed by a panel of service providers who will comment on the impact of the changes on clients and patients. A question and answer session will follow.

Speakers are Kari Bruffett, director, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Division of Health Care Financing; Scott Brunner, senior analyst, Kansas Health Institute; Mark Dugan, chief of staff, Kansas Lieutenant Governor’s office; and Duane Goossen, vice president for fiscal and health policy, Kansas Health Institute.

Panelists are Tim Kaufman, deputy director of human services, Sedgwick County; Ron Pasmore, CEO, KETCH; and Dave Sanford, CEO, GraceMed Health Clinic.

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