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Kansas to get $10.8 million Medicaid bonus from feds

Bonus for enrolling more children in program

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | January 02, 2014

Kansas will get $10.8 million in additional Medicaid money from the federal government as a bonus for enrolling more children from low-income homes in state-federal health insurance programs.

The award was announced today by officials at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. It is part of more than $307 million in bonuses to be paid out to 23 states.

State officials said they had not yet received the money but had been informed by CMS of the award.

"This bonus is a result of Kansas’ ongoing and strong efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) health coverage," said Miranda Steele, a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the state's lead Medicaid agency. "This would not be possible without the diligence and commitment from the state and many other organizations across Kansas who work directly with families to make sure they’re aware of our services."

Steele said Kansas received the bonus because its enrollment of children exceeded a baseline number determined by the federal government in 2007. The state has qualified for a bonus in each of the past five years with sums ranging from about $1.2 million for fiscal 2009 to more than $12 million in fiscal 2012, according to federal reports.

About 200,000 children currently are covered by the state's Medicaid and CHIP programs.

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