Kentucky Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Commissioner Warns Of Skyrocketing Spending

Feb 17, 2016

Kentucky's new Medicaid commissioner says the cost to run the state health insurance program will jump 20 percent to more than $3.7 billion over the next two years, calling into question its sustainability long term.

Gov. Steve Beshear's decision to expand Kentucky's Medicaid program will cost taxpayers more than $1.1 billion by 2021, according to a new state study released Thursday.  But the study says Kentucky's next governor won't have any trouble finding money to pay for that expansion because the explosion of new health care spending it caused will generate $1.7 billion in savings during that same time period.

In its first year of Medicaid expansion, Kentucky health officials were plagued by a series of accounting errors that resulted in overstating state and federal expenses by more than $500 million, according to an audit released Wednesday.