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March 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Tom Bell: Bring Medicaid money back to state

It is true: There is no such thing as free money (“Count the cost of expansion,” March 13 Opinion). In 2013 and 2014, Kansans will have contributed $161.7 million in “pay-fors” for Medicaid expansion. These “pay-fors” will continue whether or not our state decides to expand Medicaid. These “pay-fors” come in the form of Medicare cuts to hospitals and providers, insurance provider fees and, in the future, employer penalties. We all are affected by these losses to our state.

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