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Kansas Lawmakers Adjourn Without Vote On Medicaid Funding Bill To Help Nursing Homes

The legislature may take up the bill when it returns for a veto session. At the same time, state officials announced a plan to help the nursing homes by improving the processing of Medicaid applications for the facilities' residents.

The Kansas Health Institute News Service: 'Bed Tax' Increase Put Off Until Veto Session
Legislators adjourned their regular session and left on a monthlong break without passing a “bed tax” increase that nursing home organizations say is vital to their members. The organizations believe legislators will act on Senate Bill 457 in the upcoming veto session and provide an infusion of federal cash at a time when nursing homes across the state are struggling with delayed Medicaid reimbursements. (Marso, 3/25)

The Kansas Health Institute News Service: State Offers Medicaid Eligibility To Help Nursing Homes
Nursing home representatives were breathing a sigh of relief Friday as the state announced a program to help them get Medicaid money for some residents whose applications are stuck in processing delays. The delays — traced back to a computer system switch in July and administrative changes in January — have led to thousands in unpaid bills for facilities and prevented some frail Kansans from finding a nursing home bed. (Marso, 3/25)

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