Senate committee hears testimony on proposed Medicaid budget fix

Another day of work in Frankfort for lawmakers, but still no resolution on how to fund Kentucky's Medicaid program.

On Wednesday morning, a Senate committee heard testimony from the state's top health officials.

The Senate budget committee now has the Medicaid budget bill, but there are questions as to if they will pass what the House approved, or come up with their own version.

Health Services Cabinet Secretary Janie Miller spent several hours testifying before the House budget committee.

Miller was questioned by Senators on whether a managed care program can lead to savings.

Among the concerns is a large number of new eligible Medicaid recipients coming into the program.

"Asking to trust you for the savings you're going to get over the next 15 months, and you haven't updated the figures to give us more accurate figures," Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, said to Miller.

"We've tested those numbers to see if they still haves some validity," Miller said. "And yes, they are pretty on target."

Committee members questioned Miller for more than 3 hours during two different sessions, and the chairmman said he did not know when a vote will be taken.

"We want to make sure members of the committee are briefed. Not going to drop it in front of them, ask them to vote on it," said Sen. Bob Leeper, I-Paducah.

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