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Six should look into fishy funding

Nearly $713,000 in extra Medicaid funds went to Community Living Opportunities of Lenexa last year without going through the process required of other groups that serve Kansans with disabilities. That sounds like a good enough reason for Attorney General Steve Six to investigate, as he was newly asked to do last week by some state lawmakers. The situation looks more suspect because the group's board included Democratic Party chairman Larry Gates and others with ties to then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Such a side deal looks especially bad because other groups were told no money was available. Rep. David Crum, R-Augusta, said that the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services' "decision sidestepped the normal funding process and put the integrity of the system at stake. It is even more disconcerting if Medicaid funding rules were not followed."