Health Advocates Release Public Comments on Proposed 1115 Medicaid Waiver

As a coalition of health advocates, we have worked hand-in-hand with state agencies, providers, kynectors, legal aid programs and others across the Commonwealth to get Kentucky covered. We view coverage as the essential foundation for better care, better health and better value. Medicaid expansion has given Kentucky an unprecedented opportunity to build that foundation and it’s working.

Governor Bevin's proposed 1115 waiver puts Kentucky's successful Medicaid expansion and the coverage of nearly HALF A MILLION Kentuckians at risk. It will mean less coverage and more barriers for the most vulnerable Kentuckians, including veterans, people with disabilities, formally resettled refugees fleeing persecution, low-income workers and families. This plan threatens to undermine the health and economic gains we have made in the past two years as a result of Medicaid expansion. It would be a giant step backward for Kentucky.

As advocates, we believe it is imperative that there be meaningful stakeholder input to ensure that any changes to Medicaid are designed to improve the health and economic wellbeing of Kentuckians. The following comments have been prepared with direct input and support from over 600 Kentuckians as well as a number of our member organizations, including:

Advocacy Action Network

American Lung Association

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Catholic Conference of Kentucky

Cumberland Family Medical Centers

Fairview Community Health Center

Family Health Centers

Friedell Committee

Health Reentry Coalition of Kentucky

Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Kentucky Council of Churches

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

Kentucky Primary Care Association

Kentucky Psychological Association

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center

We submit our comments with the hope that the Administration will listen closely to the needs and concerns of Kentuckians and work collaboratively with stakeholders to design a final proposal that will truly move Kentucky’s health, economy and quality of life forward.

Read the summary, full comments, survey results & input from more than 600 Kentuckians.