Advocates criticize Bevin’s plan to overhaul Medicaid
Health care advocates and consumers say Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program would be disastrous and urged him to significantly alter his proposal or abandon it.
Several hundred people packed an auditorium at Western Kentucky University on Tuesday to attend the first of three public hearings on Bevin’s proposal. Kentucky expanded its Medicaid program under former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to include able-bodied adults who meet certain income requirements. About 400,000 people got health insurance because of those changes.
Bevin says the program is too expensive. He wants to make beneficiaries pay a small monthly premium and hold down a job or do volunteer work in order to receive benefits.
None of the 22 people who spoke at the hearing supported the proposal.
WPSD Local 6 reporter Blake Stevens attended the public hearing. He’ll bring us more on just what attendees had to say about Bevin’s proposal on Local 6 at Six.