Kentucky’s Medicaid program faces $611 million shortfall

Kentucky’s Medicaid program is facing a $125 million deficit this year and a $611 million deficit over the next two years as it struggles to keep up with a flood of new enrollees and the end of 100 percent federal funding for its expanded eligibility requirements.
    
Kentucky Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson told House budget writers on Wednesday she worries about the sustainability of the program that provides health insurance for more than a quarter of Kentucky’s population.
    
Democrats were frustrated Glisson could not tell them how she planned to make up the deficit. Glisson promised to have more details next week. House lawmakers will likely vote on the budget next week.
    
Glisson said she would not cut benefits, programs or employees.

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