COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - South Carolina's Medicaid director says his agency is on track to spend about $250-million less this fiscal year than allotted in the state budget.
Tony Keck told a state Senate panel on Wednesday the Department of Health and Human Services is projected to spend $6.2-billion in state and federal money.
But he cautioned that the federal health care law makes estimates uncertain.
More than one million people in South Carolina have health coverage through the government program.
South Carolina is among those states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility as the federal law intended.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the law made that an option rather than a mandate.
Still, Keck says the Medicaid rolls are expanding – not because there are more poor people in South Carolina, but because more residents are finding out they're eligible for coverage.