Former Gov. Beshear continues to haunt Bevin with new video on Benefind

04/04/2016 02:53 PM

Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is turning up the heat on the fight over healthcare in Kentucky days after Gov. Matt Bevin and top health officials acknowledged problems in the state’s new health benefits system.

On Monday, Beshear led group Save Kentucky Healthcare, launched a web video chiding Bevin’s plans to dismantle kynect, the state’s formal portal to health insurance and expanded Medicaid. The web ad also pointed to problems in Benefind, a new system which is already seeing issues and sending out errant notices of lost coverage to Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients.

In a video titled ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ Save Kentucky Healthcare says Bevin is using Benefind to replace kynect and that’s leading to “turmoil,” “confusion” and “panic.”

In a statement accompanying the video, Beshear laid the blame for benefits confusion at the feet of his successor.

“It is clear that Governor Bevin and his administration officials knew that Benefind wasn’t working correctly when they publicly launched it at the end of February,” said former Governor and Founder of Save Kentucky Healthcare, Steve Beshear. “To knowingly jeopardize the healthcare of thousands of families in Kentucky is incomprehensible and irresponsible.”

“Benefind is kynect, kynect is Benefind,” Bevin said in a press conference with reporters last week on the issues with the benefits portal.

The Bevin administration rolled out Benefind in late February to replace the Kentucky Automated Management and Eligibility System (KAMES), and allow a single streamline application for Medicaid, long term care and waiver populations.

Watch Bevin’s full 38 minute press conference from last week on Benefind and his response to recent news stories detailing the problems with the roll-out.

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