October 14, 2019 Blog, Press Release

New Report: Bevin’s Plan to Gut Medicaid Will Cost $270 Million And Take Coverage Away From Nearly 100,000 Kentuckians

A new report from the Louisville Courier-Journal is detailing how “a federal watchdog agency has found that Kentucky expects to spend at least $271 million to launch Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul Medicaid.”

As the Courier-Journal reports:

Kentucky will spend nearly twice as much as four other states combined on administrative costs of enacting such changes, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office… Its findings raise questions about transparency, public accountability and whether such projects could drive Medicaid costs even higher.

“Kentucky, it found, expected to spend about $220 million on technology costs to upgrade and create a computer system to track individuals affected by the changes. It plans to spend another $50 million in payments to outside managed care health insurance companies that oversee most of Kentucky’s Medicaid enrollees and would help enact the changes.”

Under Matt Bevin’s plan to tear down expanded Medicaid, 95,000 Kentuckians would have their Medicaid taken away in the next 5 years.

Marisa McNee, Kentucky Democratic Party Spokesperson said, “This report exposes how Matt Bevin’s disastrous health care agenda will not only shamefully rip away coverage from working families in our commonwealth, but also run up a tab for taxpayers in the hundreds of millions doing so. Kentucky deserves a governor that will put protecting affordable health coverage for families first. Matt Bevin needs to explain why he’s spending hundreds of millions of dollars to take health care away from Kentuckians.”