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Obamacare helping bail out state budget, again

Once again, the Affordable Care Act is helping bail out the Kansas budget. Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed using a $25.5 million increase in federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, per ACA, to free up state money to go toward covering the budget shortfall next fiscal year, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. Brownback wants to do the same thing with $17.7 million in federal CHIP funds this current fiscal year. In December 2014, Brownback used $55 million from a Medicaid drug rebate program that was made possible by the ACA to help plug the state budget. – Phillip Brownlee