Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Governor Matt Bevin targets Medicaid overhaul plan for 2017

(AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he intends to draft a plan to overhaul the state's expanded Medicaid program by the middle of next year, one that could be implemented by the start of 2017.

Bevin, elected in November, campaigned on a promise to dismantle the state's Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. He said Wednesday that the plan will include waivers from the federal government that would allow the state to create its own system for providing health insurance to the poor.

He announced that Mark Birdwhistell, former secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, will lead the team creating the "transformational program."

In the meantime, the 400,000 Kentuckians who received coverage under the expansion will keep it until a new plan is approved by the federal government.