Ky. governor says he will push ahead with Medicaid reform

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin shared his vision for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services during a visit Monday morning.

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Bevin began the press conference thanking Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson who is stepping aside to run for Congress.

Despite the changing management, Bevin says the cabinet will push forward with Medicaid reform.

Kentucky was the first state to get federal approval for a controversial rule requiring able-bodied adults to work or be otherwise involved in the community in order to qualify for Medicaid.

Bevin says people may be against the requirement due to misconceptions.

This doesn't apply to the traditional Medicaid recipients," explained Bevin. "It's interesting, all the questions, well what about the person who is already working? Doesn't apply. What about the person who is disabled? Doesn't apply."

Right now the governor says he does not have a timeline for appointing a new cabinet leader, but feels confident the transition will be a smooth one.

Bevin also talked about how his pension proposal includes $24 million to help hire more social workers, and boost pay for those doing a good job.



 
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