Kansas man wins fight with KanCare to keep medical services
10:12 PM, Dec 25, 2013
A disabled Prairie Village man was at risk of losing the crucial care he says keeps him alive. Finn Bullers was battling with the state all year to keep his around-the-clock care. Now, Bullers says a new decision gave his family one of the greatest gifts on Christmas.
Change takes time. But, this Christmas, the perfect change was right on time for Finn Bullers, a Prairie Village man who suffers from a very rare form of muscular dystrophy.
"An individual does have power. They can stand up," said Bullers.
Bullers can't walk or breathe without assistance. But for past year, he's stood up to fight to keep his around the clock in home care that he says keeps him alive.
"The state was telling me that they were going to cut my service and take my hours from 168 hours a week down to 40," said Bullers.
In January of this year, the state of Kansas moved 380,000 disabled people into KanCare, the new state run Medicaid system. Three private companies are now in charge to evaluating the amount of care patients should receive.
The state said under the old Medicaid system, many Kansans were getting more services than they needed-- while some were not getting enough.
In October, the state would not comment on the specifics of Buller's case, but did say his situation had been reviewed and the state was comfortable with his reduction in care.
But, on Christmas Eve, Finn said he got a special message from his health care provider. He said his case manger showed up to his house in Prairie Village to tell him the provider would maintain his services.
Bullers said he and his family are forever grateful for a gift that will keep his family together a little longer.
"I very much respect the fact that she came out to tell me that, that's probably the best Christmas present that I'll ever get," said Bullers.