HHS Unlikely To Approve Changes To Kentucky’s Expanded Medicaid Program

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has sought a waiver to reshape the program put in place by former Gov. Steve Beshear. In other news, a federal report criticizes South Dakota’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, and a federal appeals court finds that some Medicaid patients who sued over the Arizona plan should be able to recover attorneys’ fees.

Lexingon (Ky.) Herald-Leader:
Ky. Shouldn’t Go ‘Backward’ On Medicaid Expansion, Federal Official Says
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is unlikely to approve changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program that would interfere with its “extremely successful” progress at helping more people get health insurance, a top official said Wednesday. HHS is currently considering a Medicaid waiver proposal, submitted last month by Gov. Matt Bevin, that would reshape the program that provides health insurance for 1.32 million Kentuckians. … However, as it weighs Bevin’s proposal, HHS will keep its eyes on …
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