Governor Bevin Requests Modifications to Kentucky HEALTH Proposal

KY Health NoticeOn Monday, July 3, Governor Bevin’s office formally issued a statement to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), requesting three modifications to the original 1115 Waiver request known as Kentucky HEALTH around three areas: Community Engagement, Member Disenrollment, and Presumptive Eligibility.

The proposed revisions do NOT propose any changes in benefits, cost sharing or delivery system.

There will be a voluntary 30-day public comment period, which will last until August 2 and include two public meetings – Friday, July 14, in Somerset and Monday, July 17, in Frankfort.

For more information, please check out the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) website.

 

Most Kentuckians want to keep Medicaid expansion in place, according to new poll

kaiser family foundation logoA new Kaiser Family Foundation poll of Kentucky residents finds that after much discussion of the issue, health care is the top issue residents want state lawmakers to address, and a strong majority opposes scaling back the state’s Medicaid expansion to cover fewer people as new Gov. Matt Bevin proposed during his campaign.

About seven in ten Kentuckians (72%) say they would prefer to keep the state’s Medicaid expansion as it is today rather than change it to cover fewer people. A much smaller share (20%) say they would prefer to scale back the expansion to cover fewer people.

Taken before Gov. Bevin’s inauguration last week, the poll finds that Kentucky Republicans are more divided about the Medicaid expansion, but a majority (54%) favors keeping it over changes that would reduce the number of people with coverage. Among those who say they voted for Gov. Bevin on Nov. 3, somewhat fewer (43%) support the Medicaid program as it exists, while half (50%) say they want it scaled back to cover fewer people.

“Kentuckians don’t particularly like the Affordable Care Act, but they do like their state’s Medicaid expansion and marketplace, and most want to keep them,” Foundation CEO and President Drew Altman said. “The findings in a red state may show other governors considering expansion that it could be equally popular with their state’s residents, and illustrate to Republicans in Washington how difficult it may be to take away health coverage from people who have it.”

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. For more information, go online to kff.org.

For more information about this poll, please click here. To read an article in the Lexington Herald Leader about the poll, please click here. To read an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal about it, please click here.