Will Kentucky expand Medicaid, and if so, how?
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Posted by: Melissa Moody
March 29, 2013 (The Morehead News) Kentucky is one of the last states to decide whether to Medicaid
under federal health reform, and now that the General Assembly has gone
home, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear can turn his attention to the
many questions that linger.
Some Republican legislators think he will expand the program, but they
worry about the cost when the state would have to start helping cover
the new expenses, beginning in 2017.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee decided Wednesday that he will
not pursue Medicaid expansion, saying that it could put hospitals in
financial jeopardy by giving them more patients on which they lose
Michelle Kaske of Bloomberg. If he is right and the same logic applies
to Kentucky, Medicaid expansion in the state could harm the rural
hospitals and providers -- some of whom are already squeezed by the issues with the new managed-care system.
Along with Kentucky, 10 other states are undecided about Medicaid
expansion: Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Utah,
Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.