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Uninsured children expected to grow Medicaid rolls

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 6:28 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013

Medicaid spending is weighing heavily on lawmakers drawing up their next two-year budget this session, and that's without considering any expansion of the program under the federal health care law.

Milliman determined in its latest analysis, issued last September, that Medicaid spending will increase $67 million next year and $105 million in the 2015 fiscal year based on the "woodwork effect" alone. Accepting the full Medicaid expansion proposed in the Affordable Care Act -- which would qualify residents for federal coverage who earn 133 percent of the federal poverty level -- would cost an extra $95 million next year and $152 million in 2015.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence has ruled out building a state-run insurance exchange under the federal law, but has said he is open to the Medicaid expansion if the General Assembly wants it.