Kansas Expects $71.5M in Medicaid Stimulus Funds

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas expects to receive $71.5 million in
additional Medicaid funds this week from the federal stimulus

The Kansas Health Policy Authority said Monday that the money is the first installment of stimulus funds. The authority expects Kansas to receive $440 million in additional Medicaid dollars in 2009 and 2010.

Medicaid covers health care for the needy and is funded jointly by the states and federal government. The stimulus legislation lowered the costs that states must cover.

Authority spokesman Peter Hancock said the money is expected to arrive Wednesday and will help Kansas with its budget problems, but
officials are still trying to figure out exactly how it will be handled.

The authority administers most of the Medicaid program in Kansas.

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