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Where KanCare meets Obamacare

Kansas officials poised to launch health homes initiative

Shelley Schultz, left, a residential client of Cottonwood Inc. in Lawrence, talks with registered nurse Pat Turmes, who works at Cottonwood’s clinic. Cottonwood’s nurses sit down with clients on a regular basis for wellness checks, generally at least every 16 days. Cottonwood officials said t...

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TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback once called Obamacare “an abomination,” and with the federal health reform law now four years on the books bad-mouthing it has become a conservative Republican ritual.
But this week, after more than a year of planning and preparation by Kansas and federal officials, the Affordable Care Act and Brownback’s own KanCare initiative begin coming together in ways that will make the two programs indistinguishable to as many as 72,000 Kansas Medicaid beneficiaries.
Kansas officials will launch the Medicaid health homes program, which is a key but little-publicized Obamacare component, by sending letters to the ...

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