KanCare networks have coverage gaps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Despite strong primary care doctor networks, the three managed care companies that will take over Kansas Medicaid services have some gaps in their Shawnee County provider networks.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WVjd6Z) that according to data collected earlier this month, Sunflower State Health Plan had no providers within 25 miles of Shawnee County in nine of 22 medical specialties. Amerigroup didn't have any providers in nephrology, physical medicine/rehabilitation and plastics and reconstructive surgery in the 25-mile range, and United Healthcare had no neonatologists in that range.

The three companies have been building provider networks since this summer when they were announced as the recipients of contracts for KanCare, the managed care plan for Medicaid.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says provider networks will continue to grow.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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