Friday, August 30, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government. 


  • What’s happening?

The KanCare oversight committee met this week to hear testimony concerning Aetna’s management of KanCare. Health care providers testified to the committee on Monday, sharing concerns about Aetna and its performance in helping operate KanCare while Aetna officials on Tuesday said the company was taking steps to improve its performance. Last month, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment informed Aetna that it was at risk of losing its KanCare contract because of performance problems. The company submitted a corrective action plan, but state officials rejected it as insufficient. The state is reviewing an updated action plan this week. KanCare provides health coverage to 400,000 low-income and disabled Kansans.


  • What’s happening?

Governor Laura Kelly announced 2020 funding grants for domestic violence and sexual assault programs and children’s advocacy centers. “These services are oftentimes life-saving,” Kelly said. “From issues of domestic violence to children’s advocacy, it’s important that we provide the resources these important organizations and their staff members need to keep Kansans and our communities safe.” More than $6.4 million were awarded to communities around the state.


We’re hosting a presidential debate watch party in Topeka on Thursday, Sept. 12! Join us and the Shawnee County Democratsat The Celtic Fox to watch the third round of the 2020 Democratic Presidential debates. Hosting a watch party in your area? Share it with us here.