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WAVE 3 Editorial - May 9, 2013: Medicaid Expansion

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By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

More than 300,000 uninsured Kentuckians will now have health coverage thanks to Governor Steve Beshear, who has opted into Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act. 

Governor Steve Beshear calls it the "single-most important decision in our lifetime" by making Kentuckians healthier and saving the Commonwealth more than $800 million over the next eight years.

The federal government, through taxpayer dollars, will pay 100 percent of the cost for Medicaid recipients added by expansion for the first three years.  Those added earn slightly more than $15,000 individually and less than $32,000 for a family of four.

Kentucky would begin paying 5 percent of the cost for the new enrollees in 2017 and grow to the maximum 10 percent share of the cost by 2021. This certainly will have significant long term ramifications.

Every state must decide what is best for them in choosing whether to opt into this program that assuredly is being pushed from Washington. 

In the case of Kentucky, the Governor's call looks to be a logical one to make.  

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