Gov. Bevin’s Medicaid plan includes small premiums

The 400,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state’s expanded Medicaid program would have fewer benefits and would have to pay small premiums to keep their coverage under a proposal released Wednesday by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
    
Premiums would range from $1 to $15 per month. Beneficiaries would lose vision and dental coverage, but they could get it back by earning credits for such things as enrolling in a smoking cessation program or taking a financial literacy class.
    
The plan must still be approved by the federal government. If approved, Bevin said the plan will save taxpayers $2.2 billion. If the government does not approve the plan, Bevin said he would repeal the expanded Medicaid program. That would mean about 400,000 people would lose their health insurance.

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