Secretary: Ky. Medicaid Program Short $360 Million Over 2 Years

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Health and Family Services Cabinet secretary says the state's total Medicaid program will likely fall short more than $360 million over the next two years.

Secretary Janie Miller says that under Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget, Medicaid would be shy by as much as $183 million in each of the next two fiscal years. That's despite proposed increases to the program.

Miller says the state's share is about one-third, or about $61
million per year.

Beshear last week proposed an $18.5 billion budget that includes massive cuts to various state agencies and public universities. Kentucky is facing a $900 million shortfall over the next two fiscal years.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Warren Location: Prestonsburg on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    Fraud is Medicaid's middle name..... It is widespread and rampant. Things such as husband and wife divorcing and she keeps custody of kids to get her medical card and cards for the kids. This goes on every day and lawyers selling divorce for $300 uncontested.
  • by cheryl Location: salyersville on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    ...and I do not need feedback, if you fall into this catagory then you know who you are. A short fall is what happens when you have less people working than you have bums on welfare...like two to three generations. Wonder what would happen if the rest of us got fed up and quit our jobs. I would suppose the life time welfare group would have to find something else to scam!
  • by *** Location: Pineville on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    Hey, Stephanie & Anonymous, the toll free Welfare, Food Stamp, and Medicaid fraud reporting hotline is 1-800-372-2970.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    Hey Stephani, if I knew someone scamming like that I would call them out and be like your a piece of (edited). I gotta pay for my insurance each month and I drive a piece of junk.
  • by Stephanie Location: Stepp on Feb 5, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    Of course there's a shortfall 60% of the people on this program don't qualify so they lie to the local office and get FREE medical insurance from the goverment. I personal know people that have medical cards and drive a 2008 GMC Yukon with a $ 700 a month car payment!

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