The number of Kentuckians who received preventive health services has shot up since Medicaid expansion took effect in late 2013, says new data from the state Department of Medicaid Services (DMS) that was presented earlier this week during a meeting Wednesday of the oversight team for kyhealthnow, an initiative launched by Gov. Steve Beshear in early 2014.
In fact, “Kentuckians on Medicaid were far more likely to get cancer screenings, physicals and dental check-ups after the state expanded the government program for the poor and disabled through the Affordable Care Act,” according to an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
“I have said from day one that giving every Kentuckian access to affordable quality health care coverage will help us tackle our ongoing abysmal health outcomes,” Gov. Beshear said in a release. “We are now seeing our citizens take even greater advantage of the opportunity to receive these life-changing screenings for cancers like breast and colon. No longer are their medical choices limited to emergency room or charity medical visits. As these preventive health services increase so does the compensation to our medical providers who are helping to improve the wellness of our Kentucky families. I’m excited about the enormous gains we’re seeing and even more excited about the long-term implications for our state’s health.”
To read the 2015 kyhealthnow Annual Report, click here.