Kansas could see big drop in Medicaid funding

Kansas could see a 36 percent reduction in federal Medicaid dollars over the 2013-22 period, or about $12 billion, if policies advocated by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan go into effect, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. Nationwide, federal Medicaid spending would drop $1.7 trillion between 2013 and 2022 if the policies are implemented, according to a new report from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Of that total, $932 billion would come from repealing the Affordable Care Act, and $810 billion would come from converting Medicaid to a block grant program for states and capping the amount of federal aid each state could receive.