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Sunflower director voices concern with budget plan

Sherry Fleming provides massage therapy for Brittany Curry as part of Curry’s individual support plan at Sunflower Diversified Services. Sunflower Director Jim Johnson expressed concerns over the state’s plans to reduce Medicaid spending, which is the primary funding source for adults with de...

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When Jim Johnson hears state officials talking about reducing Medicaid spending by $853 million, with no reduction in services, he admits it makes him apprehensive. As executive director of Sunflower Diversified Services, Johnson fears what will happen to people with disabilities if Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal is approved.

"Any thinking person would say ‘where does this $853 million come from,’" Johnson said. "The state’s plan indicates it will not cut services or the rates paid to agencies such as Sunflower. But logic says that cuts must occur to achieve the goal."

Medicaid is the primary funding source for ...

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