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State releases report on Medicaid expansion cost estimate

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 8:19 a.m.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released the full report on the impact of Medicaid expansion in Kansas.

The executive summary was released last week and indicated that expanding the number of people eligible for Medicaid would cost the state an additional $600 million – over anticipated costs of the program if there were no expansion – over 10 years. The study was performed by Aon Hewitt.

The federal government is offering to pay 100 percent of the cost of expansion for the first three years, dropping to 90 percent after that.

About 380,000 Kansans are now on Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The report includes the details on how the study was conducted and details on the findings.

It can be viewed at: http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/kancare/download/KS_Medicaid_Expansion_Analysis_Report.pdf

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