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Kan. gov to discuss waiting list for disabled

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to discuss efforts to shrink waiting lists for disabled Kansas residents who are seeking in-home services.

Brownback scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Topeka with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. Colyer is a surgeon and led a team on overhauling the state's Medicaid program, which covers health care for the needy and disabled.

Kansas turned over administration of most of the Medicaid program to three private health insurance companies at the beginning of the year.

Brownback has said the change created savings that will allow the state to provide more in-home services for the physically and developmentally disabled.

Almost 3,000 developmentally disabled Kansans and about 2,000 physically disabled Kansans are on waiting lists for such services.