The Speaker of the Kentucky House says it’s a no-brainer for Kentucky to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.
Under the health care law, states can expanded their Medicaid rolls to 138 percent of the poverty line, with the federal government picking up the tab for three years.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has yet to decide whether Kentucky will expand, saying he will calculate costs after 2017, when the feds pay only 90 percent of the expansion.
But Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he's encouraging Beshear to commit to Medicaid expansion now.
“I think it would be a penny wise and a pound foolish not to find the money,” Stumbo says.