Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bevin: We Will Transform The Way Medicaid is Delivered in Kentucky

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Gov. Matt Bevin. 
Governor Matt Bevin and Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Glisson announced plans to develop a transformative Medicaid program for Kentucky. Governor Bevin has requested Mark D. Birdwhistell, a former Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to assemble a team of experts to assist in the drafting of a Medicaid waiver solution for the Commonwealth that addresses the financial unsustainability of the current Medicaid program.

FTM Radio covered the conference.



HIGHLIGHTS:

Gov. Matt Bevin said former CHFS Secretary Mark Birdwhistell will head team of experts drafting a Medicaid waiver for Ky.

Bevin: "We are going to transform the way in which Medicaid is delivered in Kentucky and will serve as a beacon for other states to emulate. Bevin said he's looking to Indiana as Medicaid model, but customized for Ky's needs."

Bevin: "I truly believe by the middle of next year to know whether this is going to work or not."

Bevin: "Traditional Medicaid alone as it exists is not sustainable. The study that it was by the outgoing administration was a lie."

Bevin: "Waivers are not just about saving money. More than the dollars, we want to make sure that people will have good health outcomes."

Bevin: "I’m equally confident and uncertain that this could work. I have confidence that we could come up with a solution. I’m more confident that we’ll come up with a viable solution. This will not be another version of something you’ve seen."

Bevin: "We owe people the dignity and respect to be able to make decisions while they are dependent on the assistance of others."

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