Governor Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that Kentucky hospitals that meet federal quality measures can receive up to $1.1 billion in increased payments next year.
The funding, available through a federally approved, state-directed payment model, helps deliver and expand quality health care to the commonwealth’s 1.6 million Medicaid members.
With over one-third of Kentucky’s population enrolled in Medicaid, Beshear said the payments are critical to ensuring equal access to care in the state.
Per Kentucky law, university hospitals and state mental hospitals are excluded from this payment increase. The state-directed payment initiative is in place for all of 2022 and would need to be renewed each year going forward.