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Expanding Medicaid For Low-Income Kentuckians Right Thing to Do09 May

 

green-update-button-thHere is Governor Beshear’s Press Release Regarding Medicaid Expansion. It closes with the following:

A new state website houses information about the expansion, including the CHFS white paper and letters from supporters. Visitors can also explore county-by-county data such as how many citizens will be newly eligible for Medicaid, or how much county jails spent on medical care last year. Visitgovernor.ky.gov/healthierky to learn more.

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The Conference welcomes Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s provision that allows the state to expand Medicaid to those whose incomes fall below 138% of the federal poverty level. This means more than 300,000 uninsured Kentuckians will have health insurance and access to medical care. Until now, persons without insurance would put off seeking treatment for health care until it became life-threatening and end up seeking treatment in costly emergency rooms.

In a press release issued today the Conference wrote:

Gov. Beshear

Earlier this year, the Conference had written Lawrence Kissner, Commissioner for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, describing some of the services that the Catholic Charities agencies and individual parishes provide to vulnerable populations seeking their help. The Conference also pointed out how the Catholic hospital network throughout the state provides “care and comfort to all those who present themselves for treatment, many of them very poor and without insurance.”

“We measure governmental policies by asking this primary question: how will this policy affect poor persons,” said Delahanty. “Today, the Governor answered correctly.”

You can download a copy of the Kentucky Bishops’ 2005 statement on health care as a basic human right here.

Photo: Courtesy Office of the Governor

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