Gov. Steve Beshear Statement On Matt Bevin and Medicaid
Posted September 22, 2015
In response to Matt Bevin's incorrect statements regarding 1115 waivers and the Medicaid expansion, today Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued the following statement:
“One constant in Mr. Bevin’s ever-changing position on Kentucky’s Medicaid Expansion is his consistent lack of understanding of health care. Several of his most recent statements are misleading. Regardless of the model a state chooses to cover its Medicaid Expansion Population, the state share remains the same – no more than 10 percent in 2020. By suggesting a repeal of the expansion of Medicaid and choosing other “plans” or waivers, Mr. Bevin should identify who among our newly insured Kentuckians he believes should lose health care coverage. Which hospitals, physicians and other providers does he think should bear the brunt of a return to increased uncompensated care? The Congressional Budget Office has found that these 1115 expansion substitutes Mr. Bevin touts will likely cost more than the expansion as we have implemented it in Kentucky. This is a short-sighted view for the future of our Commonwealth, which is the 47th sickest state in the country. Kentucky has a plan in place that is working. Last week’s Census report showed Kentucky with the biggest drop in the uninsured rate in the country from 2013 to 2014. During this timeframe, 16,000 children gained health insurance. We must continue to improve the health of our population because of the direct link to our economic future because better health, especially for our workforce, has tangible positive impacts – fewer sick days, more production and a higher quality of life for our citizens. Mr. Bevin doesn't seem to understand this connection. – Gov. Steve Beshear.