Frankfort, KY (March 7, 2001) Several key elements
must be present as a solution to the growing Medicaid deficit is sought. The
process must occur in the light of day. It must not occur behind closed doors.
It must include consumer representation. The framework for the discussion must
acknowledge Medicaid as a binding social contract to Kentucky’s most
vulnerable, to our parents’ generation that depends upon Medicaid for its
long-term care needs, to our neighbors dealing with all forms of physical and
mental disabilities, and to Kentucky’s children.
The Medicaid solution must not be a double-edged sword, one
that slashes expenses at the same time that it shreds our commitment to the
The message around the Medicaid solution must not be
"Medicaid, heal thyself!" We must look outside of the Medicaid
program for a portion of the remedy.
CCK is looking forward to working with the Patton administration
and assure all of our commitment to an effort that maintains Kentucky’s
strong sense of worth of all Kentuckians.