Statement from House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover on Gov. Bevin’s Medicaid Transformation

Jeff Hoover

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2016) – “When former Gov. Steve Beshear expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, he misled Kentuckians about the cost and benefit. Now, Kentucky is faced with a Medicaid program that is unsustainable and will end in financial ruin if we don’t act immediately.

“Gov. Bevin has presented a plan to take care of our most vulnerable, which is the original purpose of Medicaid. Taxpayers simply cannot afford to support one-third of Kentucky's population on Medicaid. Despite the ex-governor's suggestion, when Kentucky’s cost share kicks in during 2017, we will not be anywhere close to being able to afford the expansion, falling short by nearly $250 million, and approaching $1.2 billion over the next five years.

“The Gov.’s plan to encourage individual buy-in is the right direction. Kentucky must focus on results-driven health, and a cost-sharing approach, rather than the continued reliance on taxpayer-funded benefits and the further erosion of health that has resulted from Obamacare and Medicaid expansion.”



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