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More fighting in Frankfort over Medicaid budget

A call for compromise to prevent what some say will be a catastrophic result for Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens.
“We’re here to tell you about these people, and to tell you why Medicaid is so vastly important to them.”
James Richardson of Cedar Lake Lodge says Medicaid pays $18,000 a day to care for their mentally and physically challenged clientele. He was among many who’ve appealed to lawmakers to settle their differences on filling a $166 million hole in this year’s Medicaid budget.
The testimony came as House Democrats and Republicans are working to come up with a compromise fix to the Medicaid budget. Exact details aren’t being released, but leaders are optimistic.
“Well, we had another good meeting this morning,” said Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, the House Minority Floor Leader.
Hoover says he’s meeting with House Speaker Greg Stumbo on what he hopes most Representatives will approve. But ultimately it also needs the OK of Senate Republicans.
“And then I’m hopeful we can sit down with the Senate and continue some discussion for a resolution,” said Hoover.
A discussion that lawmakers believe could very well push the special session well into a second and possible third week, at a cost of $64,000 a day.


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