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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  • http://none chuck roscoe

    It was common knowledge that the states cost would increase…this is just the tip of the iceberg, the cost will soar as time goes on. Why Chaffee decided to go with the state exchange knowing this is baffling. About half the states decided not to set up a state exchange. Funding the exchange will be the next financial problem for the state, not to worry our state and local governments know how to handle these problems, just raise taxes……..

  • http://wpro George

    I’m curious to see how much uncompensated care will be delivered by RI hospitals in 2014

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