Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Media attention spurs advocacy for I/DD service providers

With the recent incorporation of I/DD services into KanCare, advocacy has never been more important. The potential challenges coming with KanCare caught media attention this month when the Kansas City Star profiled the concerns of a woman with a cognitive disability. The article also detailed issues service providers may be faced with as they shift into Medicaid managed care.

Our members across the state work diligently to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead full lives, from providing job opportunities to helping with daily living at home. Although it might be a bumpy road ahead, this media attention is important in keeping a spotlight on this critical issue. 

For years, our members and advocates for the I/DD community fought efforts to shift I/DD long-term care services into KanCare. Together we rallied at the Capitol. We provided testimony to the legislature. We had countless meetings with lawmakers. If we continue to shout the unified voice of our members, the concerns of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities will continue to be a priority for the state.

Read and share the article to help.  

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