RI taxpayers face $52M tab as Medicaid enrollment soars

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – It will cost Rhode Island taxpayers tens of millions of dollars more than originally projected to provide low-income residents with health insurance as enrollment soars amid the launch of President Obama’s health overhaul.

The extra Medicaid spending poses a significant challenge to newly elected House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, D-Cranston, who is in the process of crafting a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts July 1. He took over in March after the resignation of Gordon Fox.

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