May 16, 2023

20 Organizations Sign-on to Comments Urging KDHE to Advance Policy That Sustains Community Health Workers in Kansas

Community Health Workers are a vital part of Kansas health care. Recently, 20 Kansas organizations joined the Health Fund in signing onto a comment letter to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to show their support of this profession. In partnership with these organizations, we delivered a letter to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) asking for their continued support of CHWs in Kansas through an improved reimbursement strategy. 

The letter, found here, asks that KDHE strengthen their approach to CHW reimbursement strategy by:

  1. Allowing flexibility in who can supervise a CHW and where a CHW can be employed to be reimbursed, specifically by community-based organizations.
  2. Ensuring there is adequate reimbursement for the services provided by CHWs.
  3. Committing to ongoing partnership with stakeholders to ensure the policy is implemented.

By ensuring the sustainability of CHWs in Kansas, our kids can thrive, our communities will benefit and the future of health care in Kansas will be a little brighter.

If you’re interested in learning more about what CHWs do and how you can support them, visit: Kansas CHWs.  You can read the full letter here and see the full list of partners who joined us in supporting CHWs in Kansas.

In addition to the sign-on letter, the Health Fund also submitted in-depth comments regarding the proposed CHW payment policy, which you can read here.

Thank you to our partners who join us in this endeavor.

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