TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said Wednesday that Kansas must reform its Medicaid program in the face of rising costs and potentially staggering budget deficits.

Colyer, who is also a pediatric surgeon, told more than 300 people at a forum in Topeka that the state must retain access to quality health care even as it overhauls the program.

"We can't just go cut 5 percent here or throw people off Medicaid. Those are unacceptable," he said.

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