Kansas: Governor Announces CHIP Budget Cuts

Governor Sam Brownback (R) announced $62.6 million in budget cuts and fund transfers in an effort to balance the Kansas Fiscal Year 2016 budget. The single largest cut, $17.6 million, will come from the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health coverage to children in low-income families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The Brownback administration attributed the cut to an increase in the federal matching rate for CHIP across states for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. The governor’s budget director noted that the State plans to maintain the program’s current level of services.