There are many challenges facing the commonwealth, including how to manage the state’s increasing Medicaid population.
Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced a new plan that aims to make Medicaid financially sustainable and generate better health outcomes by promoting personal responsibility.
The proposal is called Kentucky HEALTH, which stands for Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health, and it makes a number of significant changes to the expanded Medicaid program that was implemented by former Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013.
We’ll explore Gov. Bevin’s proposal on One to One when I’ll be joined by Scott Brinkman, the secretary of the governor’s executive cabinet, and Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, the secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. You can watch that conversation this Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.
The cabinet has held three public hearings on the plan to gather comments before they submit their final waiver proposal to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for approval. State officials are still accepting input through July 22. If you have any thoughts, you can mail them to Commissioner Stephen Miller, Department for Medicaid Services, 275 E. Main Street, Frankfort, Ky., 40621, or send them by email.
In addition to Sunday’s conversation, we’re scheduling guests for a forthcoming Kentucky Tonight to explore the issue. Stay tuned for those details.