THE TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL
DECEMBER 8, 2012
KanCare gets shot in arm
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Feds say state can have managed care Medicaid By Andy Marso
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to move Kansas to a managed care Medicaid system called "KanCare."
Brownback and administration officials announced Friday that, though state and federal officials are still "finalizing terms and conditions," CMS will allow Kansas to "fully implement" KanCare on Jan. 1, 2013, as planned. “It is extraordinary," Brownback said of completing the process. "It has been tedious, and it’s very important. KanCare is truly what Kansas needs.” KanCare will put most of the state's 383,000 Medicaid recipients
under the guidance of three managed care companies tasked with coordinating their physical and mental health and other services to improve outcomes at lower costs. Long-term care services for developmentally disabled Kansans won’t be included until 2014. The three companies contracted by the state are Amerigroup, United Healthcare and Sunflower State Health Plan, a division of Centene. Brownback said the companies
will offer services new to Medicaid, including heart transplants, obesity surgery and adult dental care. Administration officials say KanCare is imperative to stem the burgeoning costs of Medicaid in anticipation of federal budget cuts. They estimate it will save the state more than $1 billion during the next five years without cutting benefits, limiting enrollment or lowering provider compensation rates.
Gathering to worship, confess and repent
By Megan Hart
In the woods A wooded setting is the perfect site for a couple’s dream home. At Home section
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A nationally televised worship event that has received the blessing of Gov. Sam Brownback and the scorn of atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers will take place Saturday afternoon in a park just south of the governor’s mansion. The event, titled ReignDown USA, will be from 3 to 6 p.m. under a large tent at MacLennan Park, located at S.W. Cedar Crest Road and Fairlawn. It will be telecast live on Dish Network Channel 458 and on the Internet at www.ReignDownUSA.org. Organizers stressed no public funds were used for the event, the fourth in a series that began in 2008 in Washington, D.C. Other ReignDown events have taken place in 2009 in Minneapolis and in 2010 in New Bedford, Mass. The ReignDown movement was envi-
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sioned in July 2005 by stay-at-home mom Shawn-Marie Cole, of Glendale, Ariz., the daughter of the Rev. Walt Kallestad, pastor of Community Church of Joy in Glendale, Ariz. Cole said God revealed to her that he was about to move in a “mighty way.” She said God was calling Americans back to humility, prayer, worship and repentance of personal sins. Cole said she believed God was calling her to launch another ReignDown event in America’s Heartland, and the date of Dec. 8, 2012, was confirmed to her by two other individuals. Speaking Thursday morning from a parking lot overlooking MacLennan Park, Cole said she and her father only knew one person in Kansas — a man in Hillsboro — before they came to the state in June to pray for guidance.
The man directed Cole and her father to Topeka, where they were able to meet briefly with Brownback and share their vision of a ReignDown event in the capital city. “Gov. Brownback didn’t approach us,” she said. “We approached him.” When the governor seemed receptive to the event, Cole said she and her father began to move forward with bringing ReignDown to Topeka. They came back to Topeka a couple of weeks later and met with local ministry leaders who helped get the event off the ground. Kathy Weyrens, 56, of Topeka, was selected as the point person for the event. About 400 people from nearly a dozen local churches that are supporting ReignDown showed up Wednesday night at Please see WORSHIP, Page 9A
Costumes adorn Cirque’s appeal By Bill Blankenship
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Secular Coalition of America opposes event By Phil Anderson
A Holton observatory is raising money to expand its facility, equipment and programs. Sunday in Midway
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From left, the Rev. Walt Kallestad and his daughter, Shawn-Marie Cole, both of Glendale, Ariz., and Kathy Weyrens, of Topeka, stand in a parking lot just south of the governor’s mansion near S.W. Cedar Crest Road and Fairlawn that overlooks the site where a prayer and praise gathering called ReignDown will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Bank posts $12M loss borrowers unable to repay loans
Sports columnist Kevin Haskin writes that even though K-State quarterback Collin Klein isn’t a Heisman Trophy favorite, his legacy is secure. Sports, Page 1B
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CoreFirst says some
A memorial to emergency responders who served for years or died in the line of duty has been dedicated in a state office building. Today, Page 2A
Advocacy groups have expressed concerns about the speed and scope of the change, and Friday's announcement didn’t quell them completely. "The federal government has determined today that Kansas is ready to move forward with KanCare, but what is less clear is whether children and families are ready for this transition," said Shannon Cotsoradis, president
Of the 18 tractor-trailer rigs that delivered Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion" show to Landon Arena at the Kansas Expocentre, one and a half of them carried wardrobe. The evocative and colorful costumes were designed by Francois Barbeau in Montreal where each was handcrafted in processes that could take as many as 100 hours for each set of wardrobe.
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While she didn't design or make the wardrobe, it is the job of Melody Wood and her full-time staff of three to make certain each of the 54 performers' costumes is ready to don and that each performer stays inside of their wardrobe while on stage, avoiding the dreaded "costume malfunction." "Yes, we try to avoid them," Wood said with a laugh. One or two of the wardrobe staff are Please see CIRQUE, Page 9A
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Backstage of Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion” show in Landon Arena at the Kansas Expocentre sit the heads acrobats don to portray the show’s title creature.
CoreFirst Bank posted a $12 million loss through the first three quarters of 2012, but company officials said that was a planned move to get rid of bad loans. John Fager, CoreFirst chief marketing officer, said the recession had left some borrowers unable to repay loans, and the bank had to restructure some loans and foreclose on some properties. The bulk of the loans that needed action were to developers, not homeowners, he said. “The recession and the economy, they have not been kind to our customers,” he said. “This $12 million loss you’re looking at is an extraordinary item that we specifically planned for.” The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s quarterly report on the performance of the banks it insures reportPlease see BANK, Page 5A
On Sunday: Senator tries to undercut rivals for housing tax credits.
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Critics school politicians on votes By Andy Marso
Throughout more than three decades in the Legislature, Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, has worked as a pubONLINE lic school teacher View video of while also being Sen. Anthony one of the most Hensley offering outspoken prohis side of ponents of inschool aid votes. creasing state CJOnline.com funding for education. Republican Casey Moore campaigned against Hensley this year on the idea that that is unfair to taxpayers. Please see POLITICIANS, Page 12A