TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today released an executive reorganization order (ERO) to further streamline administration of the Kansas Medicaid program and the Kansas foster care system.
“This reorganization order focuses on improving services Kansans regularly rely on. It will allow the Department for Children and Families (DCF) to better monitor the entire foster care system as they serve Children in Need of Care, their families and foster parents,” said Governor Brownback.
“Transitioning the process of Medicaid eligibility to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will improve service to Kansans across the state and allow for better coordination and delivery of Medicaid services.”
The ERO transfers the foster care home licensing program from KDHE to DCF, making it responsible for all foster care related activity in Kansas. DCF is responsible for child welfare services in Kansas. Placing that responsibility under DCF will help streamline the process and further the agency’s ability to monitor the entire foster care system and serve those in need.
This ERO also transfers Medicaid eligibility workers from DCF to KDHE. KDHE is the State Medicaid agency and currently has employees in the Division of Health Care Finance with knowledge and expertise in Medicaid eligibility. Combining the current KDHE and DCF work groups that manage Medicaid eligibility will improve service by reducing the Kansas Medicaid Payment Error Rate Measurement by coordinating staff training and ensuring uniform implementation of policy and processing changes.
The Governor will sign and deliver the ERO to the Kansas Legislature on Monday, Jan. 19. If neither Chamber rejects the ERO within 60 days of receipt, the ERO will go into effect on July 1, 2015. Foster care home licensing will transfer to DCF as of July 1, 2015. Medicaid eligibility workers will transfer to KDHE beginning January 1, 2016.
This is the 10th ERO proposed by the Governor to improve services and streamline the operation of state government.