Kentuckians On Medicaid Could Have Fewer Benefits, More Premiums

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The 400,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state’s expanded Medicaid program would have fewer benefits and would have to pay small premiums to keep their coverage under a proposal released Wednesday by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Premiums would range from $1 to $15 per month. Beneficiaries would lose vision and dental coverage, but they could get it back by earning credits for such things as enrolling in a smoking cessation program or taking a financial literacy class.

The plan must still be approved by the federal government. If approved, Bevin said the plan will save taxpayers $2.2 billion. If the government does not approve the plan, Bevin said he would repeal the expanded Medicaid program. That would mean about 400,000 people would lose their health insurance.