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OneCare Kansas Newsletter - March 2019

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March 21, 2019  9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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For Immediate Release

March 14, 2019

For more information, contact:
Gerald Kratochvil
Communications Director Kansas Department of Health and Environment 

Kansas Senate Unanimously Votes to Confirm KDHE Secretary Appointment

Secretary Lee Norman, M.D. now serves KDHE in an official capacity

TOPEKA – The Kansas Senate voted unanimously, 40-0, today, March 14, to confirm the appointment of Lee Norman, M.D. to serve as the Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Secretary Norman also serves as the Chief Health Officer of Kansas.

 “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead this important agency,” Secretary Norman said. “With the support of the Kansas Legislature and Governor Laura Kelly, we will work to continue to improve the health and environment of all Kansans.”

 “I’m grateful that Secretary Norman agreed to lead this important agency,” Governor Kelly said. “His extensive experience, skills and desire to serve, will be an asset to the State of Kansas. I’m confident Secretary Norman will do an outstanding job addressing the many challenges and opportunities within this diverse agency.”

Secretary Norman’s experience includes over 25 years as a chief medical officer, most recently in the University of Kansas Health System. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard, is an advisor to the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center and serves as the State Surgeon of Kansas. Along with his medical degree, Secretary Norman has a master’s degrees in health planning and systems analysis, and an executive MBA degree.


2.0 Implementation Rapid Response Calls


To ensure that implementation of KanCare 2.0 goes smoothly and to hear about any issues that are emerging early on, KDHE and KDADS are holding weekly implementation rapid response calls.

The call will occur on Thursdays at 9:00 AM.

State staff, MCO staff, and other contractor staff will be on the line to provide updates and announcements and take questions from stakeholders about anything related to implementation.

The toll-free conference line number for these calls is: 1-833-791-5968. 
There is no conference code is; just tell the operator you are calling into the KanCare call.

Call Recording and Transcripts: (click for transcript and recording)

KanCare Advisory Council 


Date: May 6th

Time:  2:30-4:30 pm

Place:  Curtis State Office Building Room 530, 1000 Jackson St. Topeka, KS 66612

Join us:  
Staff from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will provide program updates.

Robert (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight 


Date: February15th

Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm   Room 548-S; State Capitol


Please contact Erica Haas at 785.296.1494 by February 11, 2019, if you would like to be
placed on the agenda and indicate whether you will be providing oral testimony or written only
All conferees are required to submit 100 paper copies of their testimony to the Kansas Legislative Research Department by 5:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019.
All conferees are required to submit an electronic copy of their testimony to by the February 13 deadline.

State of Kansas Awards Medicaid Contracts to Three Managed Care Companies

Aetna welcomed as new KanCare MCO, Sunflower and United continue service

Read the full press release State of Kansas Awards Medicaid Contracts to Three Managed Care Companies

Download the 2018 KanCare Infosheet (or to view digitally, click on the images on the right to open the Infosheet in original size)

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