Bevin Taps Health Insurance Lawyer to Lead Medicaid Program

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has appointed a Louisville health care attorney to lead the state’s Medicaid program.

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson will be the next secretary of the Health and Family Services Cabinet. The agency operates the state’s Medicaid program, which outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear greatly expanded under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Bevin has vowed to repeal that expansion, saying the state cannot afford to pay for it. About 25 percent of the state’s population is on Medicaid, with more than 400,000 of them coming in through the expansion.

Glisson is a health insurance lawyer with the Louisville law firm Frost Brown Todd. She is a past chairwoman of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and has served on the advisory council for the Human Genome Project.