Gov. Matt Bevin's administration announced it is cutting Medicaid dental and vision benefits to nearly half a million Kentuckians after a judge on Friday rejected his plan to overhaul the government health plan.
Nice. Bevin is pissed because a federal judge struck down his “reforms” for Medicaid.
Medicaid, an $11 billion-a-year health plan in Kentucky, covers about 1.4 million people, more than 600,000 of them children. The federal government provides about 80 percent of the money for Kentucky's Medicaid program.
Bevin's changes to Medicaid that include work requirements, premiums and other new rules, were to take effect Sunday.
Is this a legal move?
Several speakers Monday questioned whether it's legal for Bevin to abruptly cut dental and vision coverage for nearly one-third of the 1.4 million Kentuckians covered by the federal-state health plan. Yarmuth said his office is seeking an opinion from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, the agency that oversees state Medicaid programs,
“We don't think he can do that, ” Yarmuth said. “We checked with CMS — they said they don't know if he can do that.”
Cantrell, a lawyer, questioned whether the move would withstand a legal challenge.
“The governor's losing left and right in the courts these days,” she said.
Someone will have to take Bevin to court. AGAIN.