Parents of autistic children in Kansas frustrated with long waitlists, access to therapies

KanCare notoriously slow in paying providers

June 02, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Parents of autistic children in Kansas say long waitlists and shortages of insurance providers are reducing access to therapies that could help their kids.

Psychologists usually point families who have children with autism to a special therapy called applied behavior analysis. This one on one therapy is supposed to help autistic children develop life skills that do not come easily to them.  

But in Kansas, many families experience nightmarish conditions just to get their insurance companies to help foot the bill for these therapies and even if they do manage to get some coverage, waitlists for the therapies can make seeking care complex and very time consuming.  

Behavior analysts in the state can't keep up with demand for ABA therapy, because the state's privatized medicaid program, KanCare is VERY slow in reimbursing them for their services.  

KanCare Director Jon Hamdorf says he's talking to lawmakers about the Medicaid reimbursement rates.

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