Senate panel discusses health exchange, Medicaid expansion
A Kentucky Senate committee hearing had an anticlimactic ending after a review of the state’s health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
The Republican-led panel on Monday took up Democratic-backed bills to preserve the state exchange, kynect, and Medicaid expansion. The bills stalled in the Health and Welfare Committee after motions to send them to the full Senate failed to muster enough support.
The exchange drew criticism from some GOP senators and members of Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. The motions were to advance the bills "with no expression," meaning the panel took no position on them. That allowed Republicans to advance the bills without supporting them.
The bills came up for discussion with just one day left in this year’s regular General Assembly session.