Reform Needed to Continue Medicaid

Jul 5, 2011

A report released by Bowling Green-based Bluegrass Institute last month claims Kentucky’s Medicaid program is on an “unsustainable path.”  The report, titled “An Unsustainable Path: The Past and Future of Kentucky Medicaid Spending,” was authored by John Garen, an economics professor at the University of Kentucky, and takes an in-depth look at the issues facing the state’s Medicaid program. “(Medicaid’s) expansive spending growth over the past 25 years has put increased pressure on state and federal budgets,” Garen said in the report. “Medicaid has failed to fulfill the goal of improved health for most of its recipients.”