Prairie Village man testifies about troubles with KanCare

Finn Bullers (left) and Overland Park-based ResCare nurse Karen Iverson during a trip to Washington, D.C., in 2012.
Finn Bullers (left) and Overland Park-based ResCare nurse Karen Iverson during a trip to Washington, D.C., in 2012.

Prairie Village resident Finn Bullers, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, took to a very public forum Monday to detail his struggles with KanCare, the state’s managed care program.

Testifying before the KanCare Oversight Committee, Bullers told state legislators that the reduction in-home care he will receive under the program that launched at the start of this year is threatening to “tear my family apart.” A review of Bullers’ case resulted in a planned reduction of in-home care hours from 168 per week down to 40. This reduction, Bullers said, will put an impossible burden on his wife, who is already struggling to balance her job — which provides the family’s main income — with his care.

“Without reasonable in–home healthcare support costing a small fraction of institutionalization, my life could easily be turned upside down by rule makers who know nothing about the people whose lives they are destroying,” Bullers wrote us prior to his testimony.

See a full recap of Bullers’ testimony from the Kansas Health Institute.