February 8, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE estimates Medicaid expansion would result in $1.1B SGF increase over 10 years

TOPEKA—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) released today the executive summary of a study on the estimated enrollment and cost growth of Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Expanding Medicaid eligibility to qualified individuals under 138 percent of the federal poverty level, regardless of parental status or medical condition, is an option for states under the ACA.

KDHE contracted with actuaries at the firm Aon Hewitt who conducted the independent analysis, and their estimates show a $1.1 billion state general fund increase with an expansion and a $513.5 million increase in state general funds without an expansion. Aon Hewitt’s financial estimates are for a period of 10 years.

“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,” said KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, M.D.

The executive summary of the actuarial estimates is enclosed, while the full report with a detailed assessment will be available next week.

Executive Summary for KS Expansion Analysis