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Medicaid money to reduce budget shortfall, not waiting list

Gov. Sam Brownback’s office recently claimed that it would be “morally reprehensible” to expand Medicaid without first eliminating the waiting list for services to Kansans with disabilities. Yet the administration announced that it was transferring $25 million it planned to spend on Medicaid to help cover the state’s revenue shortfall. Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, asked state budget director Shawn Sullivan on Monday if the $25 million could be used for services for the disabled, which could reduce the waiting list by about 25 percent. “Yes, we could do that,” Sullivan said, “but in our case we’re helping with the state general fund shortfall.” – Phillip Brownlee