Kansas lawmakers hear pros, cons of expanding Medicaid [The Wichita Eagle]
|By Brent D. Wistrom, The Wichita Eagle|
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That includes about 75,000 who are now uninsured, according to an analysis by the
And about more 118,000 kids probably would get
An expansion probably would save the state some money since those who are insured tend to cost the state less in other assistance programs. But those newly enrolling Kansans may have put off health problems and have higher-than-usual expenses when they start seeing a doctor, the analysis said.
The additional coverage would come at a cost.
The state probably would shoulder about
Other studies show a wide range of cost estimates. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities projects costs of
Lawmakers heard the estimates as part of a hearing Thursday that sought to show the pros and cons of expanding
Lawmakers said the wide range in estimates is worrisome, and some questioned whether they could depend on the federal government to continue its share of funding long term.
Brownback has fought Obamacare along with fellow conservative Republicans. His administration is working with an actuary to estimate potential costs associated with a complex expansion.
So far, eight governors have decided to expand
Moser said the state will present results of its
"This is going to cost the state of
To qualify for
Roughly 315,000 more
And the KHI thinks about 29,400 Kansans who are already eligible would emerge and enroll as more people become aware of the option and residents face requirements to have insurance coverage under the new federal law.
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