Nursing home provider sues state over Medicaid applications


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A skilled nursing home provider is suing Kansas on behalf of 21 patients who risk being thrown out of its facilities because the state has allegedly not timely processed their Medicaid applications.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society filed its lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas against the Michael Randol, the director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

It contends those patients have been unable to pay for their room, board, care and other services because of state’s failure to timely comply with federal and state Medicaid laws.

A Kansas spokeswoman says the agency cannot comment on pending litigation, but contends the state has significantly reduced the Medicaid application backlog from roughly 10,000 this summer to about 1,500 now.