Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Kari Bruffett has extensive experience in health care policy, communications and community outreach.
She most recently served as director of the Division of Health Care Finance at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), where she oversaw Medicaid, played a key role in the development and launch of KanCare, directed program finance and informatics and managed the State Employee Health Plan section.
Prior to working at KDHE, Bruffett spent eight years as a Governmental Affairs Liaison at the University of Kansas Hospital, where she coordinated policy analysis and advocacy, represented the hospital and formed alliances with health care partners. Bruffett received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism at Fort Hays State University.
As Secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Ms. Bruffett leads a $1.6 billion dollar state agency.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is a cabinet-level agency, employing 2,650 people. KDADS is responsible for overseeing and administering the state’s Older American’s Act programs, behavioral health programs, home and community based services (HCBS) for older adults and persons with disabilities, the management and oversight of four state hospitals, survey and certification for adult care homes and the distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments.
Secretary Bruffett was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in May 2014.