Medicaid Expansion Sees Extra Costs

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A new report says Kansas would face about $600 million in additional costs over the next 10 years if it opted to expand Medicaid following the federal government’s overhaul of health care.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration on Friday released a summary of a report prepared for the state by an Illinois-based consulting firm. The analysis looked at the potential costs in expanding Medicaid to provide health care coverage for additional needy residents.

The federal government is encouraging states to expand Medicaid by promising to pick up almost all of the additional costs.

The report says even if Kansas doesn’t expand coverage, it faces additional costs of $513 million over the next decade. But if Kansas opts in, the figure rises to $1.1 billion.