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How much did Kansas get ripped off?

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One of America's richest companies will pay nearly $30 million to the state of Kansas for allegedly overcharging Medicaid for pharmaceuticals. Also, some towns in the Midwest are offering free land or $15,000 no-strings-attached checks to attract new residents.

Why do Americans pay such high prices for medications? Experts say pharmaceutical middlemen are one reason. Now, one of those companies will pay Kansas nearly $30 million for allegedly overcharging Medicaid. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service reports.

Communities across the Midwest are tempting new residents with cash and free land. Harvest Public Media’s Elizabeth Rembert reports mixed success and some lessons learned about relocation incentives.

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