Kentucky Medicaid

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Governor Matt Bevin announced today the appointment of Stephen Miller as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Medicaid.

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  Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday said he intends to ask the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to “transform the way in which Medicaid is delivered in Kentucky.”

Reshaping the Medicaid expansion instituted by his predecessor, Steve Beshear, was a key promise of Bevin’s earlier this year as he sought the governorship.

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In an hour-long end-of-term news conference on Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear reflected on his time as the state’s top public official, saying Kentuckians have been able to “make democracy work” and rely on their elected officials to work together despite partisan differences during his two terms.

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Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday defended Kentucky’s health care exchange and Medicaid expansion, both of which are facing drastic reforms by his incoming successor.

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Governor-elect Matt Bevin has plans to scale back Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion, under which more than 400,000 residents have gained coverage.

And while he’s been mum on details so far, one thing is certain: He will have to seek federal approval to change the program.

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  Many of the Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid work in service sector jobs such as sales, food service and construction, according to a new study.

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An increase in Medicaid services and a decline in the private insurance market in rural Kentucky has hit rural hospitals hard, according to State Auditor Adam Edelen.

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Nearly a quarter of Kentucky’s population is now covered by Medicaid, thanks in part to the state’s embrace of the Affordable Care Act. While fully funded by the federal government for the first three years, the state will have to start bearing a small share of the burden in 2017.

Kentucky children who receive Medicaid are prescribed medications to treat mental illness and behavioral issues at double the rate of the national average, according to research from the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit at the University of Louisville.

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Multiple states, including Kentucky, have reached a $31 million settlement with drug manufacturer Organon following allegations of several infractions.

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