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Obamacare still bailing out state budget

For how much the Brownback administration bashes the Affordable Care Act, it sure relies on it to bail the state out of its budget problems. The administration used $55 million from a Medicaid pharmacy rebate program to help fill the state’s budget hole last December. Then in July, the administration used $17 million in federal funding for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program to reduce the state’s contribution to that program. Now it plans to cut by half the insurance assistance to children of lower-income state workers, pushing those children to enroll in CHIP – a move made possible by the ACA. – Phillip Brownlee