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MSA Account Requirements, Rules and Regulations
The most important thing you need to know about your Medicare Set-aside Account is that you are not free to spend that money however you want – and you are not even free to spend it on every medical need you may have for your injury.
I have been denied twice for this reason since August. Also, the first time when I was denied, my advocate filed my appeal, faxed copies of everything. Was 3 pages. When she called for an update was told that an appeal was never done. She told them she had confirmation of the appeal. Kancares response was, " We see 3 pages came in but are only showing what 2 of the pages are (Court Order and MSA Laws), after 30 minutes and talking to 3 people that said the same thing about 3 pages coming in but only seeing 2. Which of course my advocate offered to fax the proof which of course they said no. The final decision by Kancare was that I had to reapply. No appeal! I just recieved the denial letter again today for that same reason! I dont know if our state is just really that broke and that is why these games are being played or the state of Kansas has that many incompetent employees. I am desperate and in need of medical assistance. What bothers me the most is that I insisted on that account to take at least some of the burden off of Kansas taxpayers. And the state of Kansas is making me pay for it by making my life hell.
My name is Landon Cook, I am an architecture student at Kansas State University. I am currently participating in a seminar called community development and planning Taught by Labarbara Wigfall. Currently we are talking about political assets within communities and was wondering if you or if you knew of someone who could come talk to our class about this topic? It would mean a lot to hear from one of our state representatives regarding this topic and how politics play a role in building communties.
I am a 64 year old man who is totally disabled. I am, what is labeled by the state of
Kansas, “Medically Needy,” (http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/kancare/Dec_2017_Output/keesm7532.htm) a rather pejorative term if you ask me. Because of this I have been placed on a Medicaid “Spend Down.” This intentionally limits my income ($868/mo.) to $495/mo ($5,940/year).
Every six months I must pay $2238 for medical expenses before Medicaid pays for my medical bills. For the first month of each six month period over 100% of my income goes to medications. The second month over 100% goes to medications again. The third month about 50% ($441) goes to medications and then Medicaid kicks in. I am told by the Kansas Clearinghouse that this will continue when I turn 65 and start with Medicare.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sets the poverty (income) guideline for a single person at $12,060 (http://www.kdheks.gov/shcn/income_guidelines.htm). That means the Medically Needy are expected to live on 49% of the poverty guideline. That seems reasonable to me. After all, in Kansas $12,060 is practically rich, isn’t it?
Seriously, how am I expected to pay my mortgage (only $167/mo.), my property taxes, my homeowners insurance, my auto insurance, my utilities, my food and clothing, upkeep on my house, and any other expenses which may occur with such an utterly cruel program demanding such a large portion of my income? How does the Kansas legislature come up with such a monstrous treatment of the poor, elderly, totally disabled, such as myself, and get away with it? I feel as though they want me to die quickly and to cease being a financial burden to the state.
Would your news department please bring this Spend Down to the attention of your audience? More information can be found at: http://www.kancare.ks.gov/consumers/program-fact-sheets/docs/default-source/Consumers/benefits-and-services/fact-sheets/spenddown-fact-sheet-2018-01
PLEASE DO SOMETHING TO HELP KANSANS LIKE ME. If federal funds are still available, take them. If some projects need be delayed, delay them. If taxes need to be raised, so be it. All Kansans’ lives matter, don’t they? This Spend Down must end.
I await your response. Time is critically important for me as I will not be able to continue to live my very simple but meaningful life if this burden is not lifted soon.
Thank you very much!
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My name is Eileen Johnson and I am currently a senior majoring in philosophy at Kansas State University and I am also currently in the process of applying to medical school.
The reason I am writing to you is to ask for help in supporting and maintaining the philosophy department at KSU. Everyone is quite aware of the horrific budget cuts affecting K-State (as well as all other public schools in Kansas). As a philosophy major, I am in the smallest departments at K-state, but I am also arguably in the best department at K-State as well. Not only are the faculty members of the philosophy department phenomenal instructors, they are also supportive role models and are constantly engaging student’s intellectual curiosities. Unfortunately, many people (including some in the academic administration of KSU) fail to recognize the value and benefits that obtaining a degree in philosophy can produce (e.g. strong critical thinking skills, improved writing skills, tools for assessing ethical issues, understanding other’s perspectives, improved problem solving skills, etc.). It has become apparent that the administrators of the college of arts and sciences, faced with the massive budget cuts, plan on dramatically reducing the number of faculty members in the philosophy dept. even though philosophy is a requirement for graduation (part of the "K-State 8). Philosophy classes are a discussion based classes, thus student enrollment per class needs to remain somewhat low, about 30-40 students per class. However, it appears that in one year from now the dept. will have 5 less faculty members (from an already tiny department). If this occurs, there will be no way to ensure every student can enroll in a philosophy class that is required of them. Or, even worse, the university may force the classes to become large lectures with 100+ students enrolled in each class- this would be terrible! no discussions or debates can occur in a coherent manner with a class of that size, students will lose the opportunity to engage in philosophical discussions that can hold great value to the individuals involved.
The reason I am writing all this to you is because you claim you are an advocate for the students, faculty and staff at K-State. As an advocate I hope you recognize the importance of the students having exposure to philosophical content and structure, which leads to the development and refinement of many critical skills.
In the Philosophy department we currently have 3 wonderful and amazing visiting professors, But due to the devastating budget cuts to our department, the provost will not allow us to make any of their positions permanent even though the dept. is already short staffed. I can’t emphasize how important and beneficial philosophy classes can be for students.
I am asking you, an advocate of education, to help ensure the integrity and structure of the KSU philosophy department. The three visiting Professors- Prof. Ferrin, Prof. Dipaolo, and Prof. Immermen- are all gifted instructors who deserve to stay in this department. Is there anything you can do to help? Is there any way that you could ensure these professor’s remain in the philosophy dept- not only because all three of them deserve their positions, but also because the dept. desperately needs them as well.
I am just a simple undergraduate student, but theK-State philosophy dept. dramatically impacted my life for the better and I can’t bare to see it fall apart due to lack of money.
Please help if you can.