Since 2014 when Kentucky expanded its Medicaid program to include low-income adults, greatly improving access to health care in the state, there have been efforts to scale back coverage. Now, with proposals to make even more changes to Medicaid that could lead to covering fewer people, it’s easy to be confused about what’s happening. This website is devoted to keeping record of what has changed, showing how those changes are affecting Kentuckians and providing transparency along the way.
Recent Medicaid Enrollment in Kentucky
Medicaid enrollment in Kentucky has been steadily declining since the beginning of 2018 after reaching a high-point of over 1.4 million.
County-by-county Medicaid enrollment
Medicaid covers nearly 1 in 3 Kentuckians overall, and an even higher share of Kentucky’s kids which is just over half.
Reasons Why Kentuckians Are Disenrolled from Medicaid
The Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services removes thousands of people from Medicaid coverage each month for dozens of reasons. The most common reasons are that Kentuckians’ incomes are higher than the limit or that they failed to provide information when the agency requested it.
It is possible many of those who lose Medicaid coverage for any number of reasons regain it later in the same month, or in the coming months. This is known as “churn.”
Number removed in April 2019