Topeka Capital Journal: Premiums would block 27K from Medicaid expansion, add $2.9M in revenue

By Sherman Smith | May 2, 2019

Monthly premiums attached to health care coverage provided through Medicaid expansion would have little financial benefit for the state of Kansas and would eliminate 27,000 low-income adults from the program, according to the Kansas Health Institute.

The medical research nonprofit studied potential impact of $25 monthly fees that were attached to a Medicaid expansion plan the House passed earlier this session.

Previously, KHI predicted 130,000 Kansas adults and children would gain coverage through Medicaid expansion, with a yearly budget impact to the state of nearly $50 million. That figure doesn’t include tax revenue from nearly $1 billion in annual federal funding that would flow through the state if expansion passes.

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