House passed "compromise" Medicaid budget bill

Lawmakers heard Monday from the Health Cabinet Secretary on what’s expected to be savings in Medicaid through managed care, as Kentucky lawmakers were apparently closer to voting on a bill.

Reasons why solutions need to be found were outlined by the state’s top health official in a House committee Monday afternoon.
“We have added over 95,000 new Medicaid recipients (from 2007 to 2010),” said Janie Miller, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Kentucky can’t make rules ruling out recipients, so it’s up to lawmakers to figure how to pay for all their treatment. With a projected shortfall in the hundreds of millions, the Governor’s plan is through managed care, which would be similar to health insurance plans many people have.

“For individuals to receive their care with nominal co-payments,” said Miller, who added that pregnant women and children would not have co-pays.

The bill passed by the House would require the Governor to seek out savings through a managed care program, but if savings are not implemented by August, then there would be across the board cuts to some government agencies.

Representative Stan Lee, R-Lexington says he was that told education, veteran’s affairs and some other groups would be exempt from cuts. Lee says he is bothered by some aspects of the “borrowing” of the bill and voted against it. “I still have some concern where we are borrowing from 2012, to pay a debt from 2011, which creates a a $420 some million hole,” said Lee, R-Lexington.

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  • by Anonymous Location: east ky on Mar 22, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    why dont they just use the coal severance money that ky generates every year to help with the's not like they use the money to help people in eastern ky anyway.this would insure those who need it the most like children and the elderly would have it...they need to deregulate coal and let the money flow!!!!!
  • by Mike on Mar 22, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    Here we go again, I want to know why we cant exclude some people on this program ? I have friends in billing at hospitals and im told everyday these people come in and get almost free health care and when they leave its in a new pickup or suv. while not all of them but several of them are using the system and shouldnt be allowd to. As far as the kids and pregnant ladies, well tell me this how come the working class has to pay for them to have free health care sort of speak with no co pays. While we the working class have to make cuts in our budget to pay for healthcare from our jobs that suck. Here where I work now we have families having to pick which child gets to see a Dr. because they cant afford to take both kids. Here at work most people make around 17 a hour but have to pay either 150 per week for a family or have to pay the first 6000 out of pocket before insurance pays a cent. I think its time to get some of these people off the golden ticket we can't pay for it anymore.


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