Grievances, Appeals and Fair Hearings

Which Process is Right for You?

If you have questions after reviewing this information, please contact the KanCare Ombudsman office at 855-643-8180 or email us.
Information you will find on this page includes:

  • Eligibility Grievance and Fair Hearing
  • Managed Care Organization (MCO) Grievance, Appeal and Fair Hearing
  • Fee for Service Grievance and Fair Hearing
  • Forms

Eligibility (Clearinghouse)

If you have a concern with the Clearinghouse, this may apply to you (e.g., application process, eligibility, renewal, client obligation, spenddown or Home- and Community-Based (HCBS) coding issues).

Grievance


Eligibility (Clearinghouse) grievance is for people who are in the KanCare/Medicaid eligibility process (new application or renewal process) or have an issue with spenddown or client obligation/patient liability.

Eligibility (Clearinghouse) Grievance Process
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Fair Hearing


The eligibility fair hearing process is for people who are in the eligibility process (application or renewal process) for receiving KanCare.

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Managed Care Organization (MCO)

If you are a KanCare member currently receiving services and have a managed care organization (MCO) such as Amerigroup, Sunflower or UnitedHealthcare, this applies to you.

Grievance


The grievance process is for KanCare members who are currently receiving services from an MCO such as Amerigroup, Sunflower or UnitedHealthcare.

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Appeal


The appeal process is for KanCare members currently receiving services from a MCO such as Amerigroup, Sunflower or UnitedHealthcare.

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Fair Hearing


The fair hearing process is for KanCare members currently receiving services. Members must complete the appeal process with their MCO prior to submitting a request for a state fair hearing.

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NEW: If the MCO fails to issue service authorization decisions or meet grievance and appeal resolution timeframes for standard and expedited service authorizations, grievances and appeals, such untimely authorizations or resolutions constitute a denial and are adverse actions. Then a member may file for a fair hearing.

Fee for Service

If you receive Medicaid and do not have a managed care organization (MCO) such as Amerigroup, Sunflower or UnitedHealthcare, this applies to you (e.g., MediKan, QMB, SOBRA, Early Detection Works, PACE, etc.)

Grievance


A grievance is an expression of dissatisfaction.

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Fair Hearing


A fair hearing is an administrative hearing involving the presentation of evidence and argument before a presiding officer from the Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) concerning an adverse benefit determination. The eligibility fair hearing process is for people who are in the eligibility process (application or renewal process) for receiving KanCare.

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Forms