For 52-year-old Sandra Rust, there is only one ticket to get medical care in the state of Kansas. That ticket is KanCare, the state-run Medicaid program that's under fire for putting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities at risk of losing crucial care.
Rust has developmental disabilities as a result of severe seizures she experienced as a child. She gets help from Kathy Crockett with the People First Network of Kansas. Crockett helps her get the services she needs in the community.
Wednesday, Crockett found out that Sandra's dentist, Grace Dental, may no longer serve patients under KanCare.
"Her insurance is KanCare and if a medical provider or a provider in the community doesn't accept KanCare, Sandra is without services and that's very concerning, that's huge," Crockett said.
According to Marty Van Horn, the general manager of Grace Dental, dealing with the state has been difficult. He said it's been challenging to get paid for the services it provides to patients under KanCare. Now, Grace Dental is considering whether they want to continue accepting patients who are under KanCare.
Crocket said Grace Dental is one of the premiere dental offices in the area that has the ability to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also said finding another dentist for Sandra would be difficult.
"I've been going to that dentist a long time. I don't want a new dentist. It would be a mess," Rust said.
Angela de Rocha, spokesperson for the State of Kansas has said the state is working to resolve billing issues under KanCare.
Late last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services did not approve an amendment for the state to expand KanCare. Since then, the state has been working to resolve its issues by Feb. 1, 2014.