COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency says he realizes his preliminary budget calling for nearly $200 million more in 2013-14 is likely an impossible request.
The increase would eat up all of the state's growth for the next fiscal year according to predictions made last spring. Department of Health and Human Services director Tony Keck told the Associated Press on Monday he knows that won't fly.
Keck says he needs to be forthright with lawmakers in his report that jumpstarts the budget process. Keck will discuss it Wednesday during his quarterly updates to a Senate panel.
He says the increase is due to the federal health care overhaul, general inflation and the loss of tobacco taxes.
The numbers don't include expanding Medicaid eligibility under the federal overhaul.