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Parkinson warns of devastating cuts

Gov. Mark Parkinson, participating in a news conference with governors from around the country, warned of devastating cuts Kansas and other states would have to endure if the Federal Matching Assistance Program (FMAP) for Medicaid funding is cut.

FMAP is a program funded by the stimulus designed to help states maintain funding for Medicaid assistance.

Kansas would lose about $131 million in funding if the program is not renewed. During the conference call, Parkinson said one possible impact would be the laying off of around 3,600 teachers across the state.

“We have cut beyond the waste,” Parkinson said.

The program is receiving attention today because June 30 is the last day of the fiscal year. The program is currently part of a tax bill going through the Senate, which is being blocked by Republican senators.

The non-partisan Kansas Health Institute has more on the possible cuts. The Hill newspaper in D.C. has more on how the program is interacting with national politics.

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About Jonathan Shorman

A journalism student at The University of Kansas and columnist for The University Daily Kansan.

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