By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
Nearly two million people in Indiana and Kentucky are
About half of them are children and about a quarter of them
are elderly or disabled.
Potentially, another three quarters of a million people in
Indiana and Kentucky who are not insured now, could gain access to health care
through Medicaid with the Affordable Care Act.
Under the law, the federal government would pay 100 percent
of the costs of expanding Medicaid from 2014 to 2016 but the states would need
to pay 10% between 2017 and 2020 and it would continue to rise 10% in stages.
Governors in Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Georgia,
Louisiana, and South Carolina say they will reject a Medicaid expansion,
calling it too expensive.
The impact in Indiana could be $2.6 billion over seven years,
according to Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration.
Kentucky Spirit, one of three managed care companies hired
by the Commonwealth last year to help control spiraling costs in the Medicaid
program, just announced it plans to end its contract next July instead of July
2014, potentially costing Kentucky millions more in their battle to get costs
Lawmakers in both states must address the Medicaid issue
head on in their upcoming sessions. They will need to generate added revenue to
pay for it or redistribute the revenue pie differently, affecting funding for
every other area. It will ultimately
impact all of us.