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Kansas To Receive $10.8 Million Bonus In Medicaid Funding

Kansas will receive a bonus of $10.8 million in federal Medicaid funding for improving access to and increasing enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program, which is part of the Medicaid program.

Kansas has received similar bonuses from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for each of the last five years. Bonus amounts correspond to increases in enrollment of children in Medicaid.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid awarded $307 million in bonuses to 23 states. Performance bonuses were authorized under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. This is the final year of performance bonuses.

A report issued by Kansas Action for Children in November of 2013 showed that nearly one in four Kansas children live in poverty. About 200,000 Kansas children are covered by the CHIP and Medicaid programs.

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