July 9, 2019 Blog, Press Release

As Health Care Battle Returns to Court, Bevin Plans To Rip Coverage Away From Kentuckians

As the future of the Affordable Care Act and access to health care for Kentuckians is once again “on the line” today in federal court, Matt Bevin supports completely tearing down vital health care reforms and ripping coverage away from Kentucky families, including people with pre-existing health conditions.

Attorney General Andy Beshear is officially involved in the legal battle to protect the Affordable Care Act from the federal government’s attempt to dismantle the law.

“As health care for Kentuckians is on the line, Matt Bevin is once again on the wrong side for working families,” said Marisa McNee, spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “This governor supports gutting Medicaid, ripping up protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, and jacking up prescription drug costs for seniors. This is not something that is abstract—this is taking away health care coverage for our friends, neighbors and family members. It’s wrong and he needs to answer for why he wants to put affordable health care out of reach for even more Kentuckians.”

Here’s a few examples of how Matt Bevin’s disastrous health care agenda would hurt Kentuckians if he has his way and the Affordable Care Act is completely repealed:

  • Kentuckians would be denied insurance for pre-existing conditions: About half of all Kentuckians have a pre-existing condition and insurance could once again deny them coverage for conditions like Type 1 diabetes, asthma, and cancer.

  • Nearly 500,000 Kentuckians would lose Medicaid: Ending the Medicaid expansion would pull just under 500,000 people off their insurance.

  • Seniors would bear the burden: Older Kentuckians would experience greater insurance costs than younger people and pay more for prescription drugs.

  • Women would be charged more: If the ACA is struck down, women could be charged up to 50 percent more than men for the same coverage.

  • Rural hospitals would take a hit: Without the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, rural hospitals will lose billions in funding, putting health care even more out of reach for rural Kentucky communities.