This time, lawmakers want answers about cost and long-term plans of Ky. health exchange

09/19/2012 07:24 AM

Kentucky health cabinet officials get a second chance Wednesday to outline details of the health exchange the state is setting up as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act, and this time lawmakers want answers.

Democratic State Sen. Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown was one of several lawmakers of both parties who called for postponing a vote last month on giving a legislative stamp of approval to the health exchange after health cabinet leaders couldn’t answer questions about its long-term cost to the state.

Health and Family Services Cabinet officials who are overseeing the exchange will appear before the interim legislative Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Louisville.

The exchange will match uninsured Kentuckians with private insurance coverage. The system is for people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but don’t get health coverage through their jobs.

Parrett said in this five minute interview segment that he expects administration officials to outline the costs in the short and long term, as well as the competitive rates of insurance that will be offered. (4:00 into the interview)

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