Senior Policy Analyst
Kentucky’s experience highlights the benefits that await states if they expand Medicaid under health reform.
Across the country, health reform has had the greatest impact in the 28 states (and the District of Columbia) where Medicaid expansion has taken effect. These states have experienced the largest gains in insurance coverage, and expansion has produced net budget savings that are expected to grow over time.
After just one year, a state report shows, Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion has produced:
The federal government now pays the entire cost of health care for newly eligible beneficiaries. Although the state will begin paying for a small portion of their coverage in 2017, Kentucky’s projections through 2021 show that expansion will continue saving the state money.
As Medicaid turns 50, learn more about how it improves access to health care, its long-term benefits, and why states should expand Medicaid: www.cbpp.org/medicaid-at-50.