Bevin files lawsuit seeking ruling on Kentucky HEALTH

02/19/2018 02:13 PM

FRANKFORT- The Bevin Administration filed a lawsuit in federal district court Monday seeking a ruling that Kentucky HEALTH fully complies with federal law.

The move stems from a January 24 lawsuit over Kentucky HEALTH which was filed by groups representing several Kentucky residents. The lawsuit does not include the Commonwealth.

The Bevin Administration says the lawsuit aims at making sure the Commonwealth’s voice is heard on the matter, and “guarantees that the Commonwealth’s well-supported and compelling reasons for creating Kentucky HEALTH are fully considered.”

“We believe that Kentucky HEALTH has the potential to positively affect the lives of many Kentuckians, and we cannot sit idly by while the Commonwealth’s plan is debated in an out-of-state courtroom. A Kentucky court, with the full participation of the Commonwealth, should decide this vital issue. We have complete confidence that Kentucky HEALTH will be upheld and will serve as a successful national mode.” said Steve Pitt, General Counsel to Governor Bevin.

On January 12, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the 1115 Medicaid Waiver.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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