Restored Kansas Medicaid funding expected to boost children’s health providers

Thousands of Kansas medical providers will see increased reimbursements for Kansas Medicaid, or KanCare, after Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill Thursday to restore a 4 percent cut imposed in May 2016 amid persistent budget crises.

The increase will begin July 1. Gordon Docking, who runs KidsTLC, a residential treatment facility in Olathe for kids with mental health problems, said he’s eager to have it.

“For us, if you take away charitable dollars we raised through philanthropy, Medicaid is probably 90 to 92 percent of our total revenue,” Docking said. “So the 4 percent cut for us is extremely, extremely harmful.”

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