Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Gov. Beshear Expands Health Coverage to over 300,000 Kentuckians

beshear flags 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/10/13) – Calling it “the single-most important decision in our lifetime for improving the health of Kentuckians,” Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the inclusion of 308,000 more Kentuckians in the federal Medicaid health insurance program. The expansion, together with the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange, will ensure that every Kentuckian will have access to affordable health insurance.
 
According to the office of Governor Beshear, the expansion – made in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) – will help hundreds of thousands of Kentucky families improve the state’s health, create nearly 17,000 new jobs and have a $15.6 billion positive economic impact on the state between its beginning in Fiscal Year 2014 and full implementation in Fiscal Year 2021, he said.
 
“I have repeatedly said that I believe it is in the best interest of the Commonwealth and its citizens to provide better access to health care for our people. My only concern was the cost,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have now done the exhaustive research – and our conclusion matched what most other states have found: by expanding Medicaid, Kentucky will come out ahead in terms of both health outcomes and finances. In fact, if we don’t expand Medicaid, we will lose money.”
 
Several months of internal analysis – as well as outside studies conducted by the University of Louisville and the Price Waterhouse Coopers accounting and actuarial firm – determined that the expansion was a good deal for those families and for taxpayers. The reviews gathered information about possible impacts to citizen health, the state budget, workforce and economic development.
 
Medicaid currently provides health care for low-income or disabled citizens. After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ACA last year, states have the option to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals who earn up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), with the guarantee that the federal government will cover the entire cost for the first three years.
 
The expansion will be effective January 1, 2014. By expanding, every Kentucky citizen will have access to affordable health care, either through Medicaid or through the Health Benefits Exchange – no one will fall into a coverage gap.
 
The Governor cited several key reasons for expanding the program, including:
• drastic improvements to Kentucky’s abysmal health rankings;
• millions in savings to the state budget and Kentucky taxpayers;
• billions in economic impact to the state, including nearly 17,000 new jobs;
• preventing costly penalties to businesses and protecting hospital funding; and
• broad support from health care advocates, county officials, and medical providers.
 
A new state website houses information about the expansion, including the CHFS white paper and letters from supporters. Visitors can also explore county-by-county data such as how many citizens will be newly eligible for Medicaid, or how much county jails spent on medical care last year. Visit http://governor.ky.gov/healthierky to learn more.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Manufacturing Meth Arrest Made after Traffic Stop

OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/22/14) ― After a traffic stop last night, Oct. 21 on Kentucky 54, a Utica man was charged for… Read More

Edge Ice Center Offering WeSKATE Learn-to-Skate Classes

OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/22/14) — The City of Owensboro's Edge Ice Center is now accepting registrations for the next session… Read More

Most Read This Week

October 17, 2014 12445

UK Women's Soccer Welcomes Ole Miss, No. 5/4…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
October 20, 2014 6453

Uncle Lee's in Greenville is Closing Its Doors…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by www.unclelees.com
October 17, 2014 4406

Single Vehicle Collision Results in One Injury

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper S. C. Recke
October 19, 2014 4271

Kentucky Energy Department Releases Virtual Solar…

in General News For All Sites by Dick Brown
October 21, 2014 3364

UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on Shamrock…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
October 18, 2014 3235

Muhlenberg County Celebrates New Farmer’s Market

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
October 17, 2014 3184

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 17, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 17, 2014 2872

Woman Arrested at Taco Bell for DUI

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 20, 2014 2798

Man Charged for Assaulting Pregnant Wife

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 17, 2014 2573

Anti-Bullying Task Force to Hold First Meeting

in General News For All Sites by Office of the Governor

Stories Trending Today

October 22, 2014 2333

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Hopkins News by Karen McKnight
October 22, 2014 2216

Failure to Signal Ends in Drug Arrest

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 2105

Resident Returns Home to People Using Drugs,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 22, 2014 1974

Convicted Felon Charged for Handgun Possession…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
October 22, 2014 1644

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 22, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 1554

Man Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Minor

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 22, 2014 1489

The Sanctuary Opens Muhlenberg County Branch

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
October 22, 2014 1398

Four Road Projects Awarded in Muhlenberg County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Rebecca Hanchett
October 22, 2014 1322

UK Soccer's Justin Laird Named National Player of…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
October 22, 2014 1306

Lake Malone Halloween Bash Set for This Weekend

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss