Public hearing allows Kentuckians to comment on proposed Medicaid changes

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Matt Bevin's office is gathering input to change the way the state administers Medicaid coverage. Last year, Governor Bevin and health officials submitted a new plan called Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health). Officials say the goal of the HEALTH is to have people have a more active role in their health, get involved in their communities, and have the means to be independent.

On Friday, the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services held the first of two opportunities for Kentuckians to review and provide input on modifications to the plan. About 60 people came to The Center for Rural Development in Somerset on Friday to give their thoughts and opinions.

"What it does is really shift the focus to better health outcomes. We are really trying to change behaviors to maximize returns on the outcomes for taxpayer dollars in the Medicaid program. We are really focusing on how we deliver health care," Adam Meier, Deputy Chief of Staff For Public Policy, told the crowd.

Governor Bevin first introduced the waiver in June of 2016. In the weeks that followed, the state collected more than 1,400 comments from three public hearings. All of that information is being included in the final plan to federal health officials. Kentucky's health waiver program is currently under review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Another public forum will take place Monday in Frankfort from 10 a.m. to noon in the Kentucky Capitol Annex, Room 154.

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