Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has concerns over Bevin's Medicaid waiver

09/04/2016 10:19 AM

As Gov. Matt Bevin’s transition of Medicaid known as Kentucky HEALTH goes under federal review, one foundation that seeks to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians has major concerns about the transition.

Susan Zepeda, the former President and CEO for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, who stepped down at the end of August, said the group is concerned over multiple points within the plan which could affect the health of those currently receiving care under Medicaid.

After three public input session, the Bevin administration did make tweaks to their 1115 waiver, but other issues still abound for the foundation.

“We believe strongly at the foundation that oral health is an integral part of healthcare, and are surprised to see it carved out to be paid for in a somewhat different way,” Zepeda said.

Under the plan submitted to the federal government dental and vision coverage would be an earned benefit, and not a standard part of the overall healthcare package.

“We’re also concerned about the work requirement — we’re certainly not opposed to work, but we would like to see the numbers, and haven’t yet, of how many of the folks receiving Medicaid are working full time, are working part time,” Zepeda said.

“When we look at the hard numbers in the report we see that they anticipate 86,000 people will go not to subsidized employer insurance, which we understand is still considered Medicaid, but will somehow find jobs with health insurance benefits in a relatively short time that would take them off Medicaid altogether.”

Zepeda encouraged Kentuckians to log on to and search by Kentucky to upload a comment during the federal comment period on the 1115 waiver, which is expected to start accepting comments after Labor Day.

Watch the full interview with Zepeda in the video below.

Nick Storm

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