Analysis Shows Medicaid Expansion Would Cost KS $1.1B Over 10 Years

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - State health officials released an analysis Friday showing Medicaid expansion under federal health care reform legislation would increase Kansas costs $1.1 billion over the next 10 years.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the study also showed state general fund expenses for Medicaid would go up $513.5 million over the next 10 years without the expanded coverage.

KDHE contracted the firm Aon Hewitt to do the independent analysis. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives states the option to expand Medicaid coverage to qualified people earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, regardless of parental status or medical condition.

“We look forward to working with the State Legislature in the coming weeks to discuss the findings as the members deliberate the impact of expansion,” KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, M.D., said in a statement released with the report's executive summary.

KDHE says it will release Aon Hewitt's full report with a detailed assessment next week.