Kentucky holds hearing on proposed health overhaul

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is holding its first public hearing on his proposal to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.
    
Medicaid is paid for by state and federal funds, so the federal government must approve Bevin’s proposal. If they don’t, Bevin said he would eliminate Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program, meaning some 400,000 people would lose their health insurance.
    
State officials plan to receive public input on the proposal during the forum Tuesday morning in Bowling Green.
    
Bevin announced details of his proposal last week. Most of the 1.2 million Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state’s Medicaid program would have fewer benefits and pay monthly premiums to keep their coverage.
    
Bevin said the goal is to move people off Medicaid and into the private insurance market.

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