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Seg. 1: The Medicaid Backlog In Kansas. Seg. 2: Translating Military Service To Civilian Jobs.

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's initial budget proposal calls for hiring more than 300 additional state intake workers.

Segment 1: Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is asking for more than 300 new intake workers to address a backlog of applications to the state's Medicaid program.

A backlog of applications for KanCare has grown into the thousands, but where the blame lies is up for debate. Gov. Kelly is looking to clean up a mess that began after the state's Medicaid program was privitized. Maximus, the company which holds that contract, stands by their work and says they've processed applications within the time specified in their contract. We heard from someone familiar with the application process about why so many new employees are needed, and how far they would go toward fixing the problem.

Segment 2: beginning at 21:57: How to translate military work into a civilian career.

Some veterans struggle to describe their military skills when applying for work as a civilian. Likewise, civilian employers find it difficult to interpret military transcripts and see how military service can be a benefit to their company. Today, we looked at what veterans can do to ease the transition into the private sector, and what employers need to know when looking at military resumes.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.