The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Administration, has released the KanCare Medicaid & CHIP capitated managed care request for proposals (RFP) for the provision of managed health care coverage to low-income children and pregnant women, seniors aged 65 or older, individuals with disabilities, and some parents who meet income eligibility requirements.
The current managed care organization (MCO) contracts expire on December 31, 2024.
"My administration is committed to using every lever possible to improve health care across the state, which is why this RFP was carefully crafted to learn from past models and to find new ways to reach uninsured Kansans," said Governor Laura Kelly. "This process is vital to providing the quality health care Kansas' Medicaid recipients deserve."
“The RFP represents Kansas’ continued commitment to providing consistent and quality health care coverage for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Christine Osterlund, Deputy Secretary for Agency Integration and Medicaid. “Updates to the KanCare program in this RFP include a renewed focus on improving outcomes by addressing integrated, whole-person care, workforce retention, accountability measures for the MCOs and other cost-effective strategies to improve the delivery system for members and providers.”
This RFP was carefully developed based on valuable feedback from members, providers, stakeholders, and legislators. The State expects selected MCOs to provide the expertise, experience, innovative strategies, methods of approach and capabilities necessary to advance the KanCare vision and goals. The MCOs must demonstrate congruence with the KanCare vision and goals in all aspects of their performance under the contract.
The procurement follows this schedule:
- State releases RFP (October 2, 2023)
- Pre-bid conference and actuarial pre-bid conference (Mandatory) (October 16, 2023)
- Deadline for submitting written questions requesting clarifications (October 23, 2023, by 12 p.m. CT)
- State will post an amendment with bidder questions and agency answers (November 28, 2023)
- Proposal submission deadline — RFP closing date (January 4, 2024, by 2 p.m. CT)
- Evaluation of bids conducted by State (January 5, 2024 to March 21, 2024)
- Face to-face negotiations with selected bidders (TBD)
- Contract award (April 12, 2024)
- Bid protest period (April 15, 2024 to May 17, 2024)
- Readiness review period (End of bid protest to December 31, 2024)
- KanCare 2.0 MCO contracts expire (December 31, 2024)
- New contracts take effect — services rendered under new contracts (January 1, 2025)
“Working with our partners at KDHE, we are committed to conducting a thorough and transparent procurement process to ensure the best product is made available to the people of Kansas,” said Secretary of Administration Adam Proffitt. The Department of Administration is responsible for administering the procurement process.
Interested parties may access relevant procurement documents at the Kansas Department of Administration E-Supplier Page and clicking on Bid Event Number EVT0009267 titled “KanCare Medicaid & CHIP Capitated Managed Care”. The Department of Administration E-Supplier Page can be accessed at: https://supplier.sok.ks.gov/psc/sokfsprdsup/SUPPLIER/ERP/c/SCP_PUBLIC_MENU_FL.SCP_PUB_BID_CMP_FL.GBL.
Additional RFP resources can be found at https://kancare.ks.gov/about-kancare/kancare-2025-request-for-proposal-(rfp)