In Fit Of Anger, KY Gov. Cancels Vision, Dental Medicaid Benefits Of 500K People

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin cut the benefits after a federal judge threw out his plan to overhaul the Medicaid program.

After a federal judge in Washington, D.C. shot down Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program, Bevin abruptly cut off vision and dental benefits for nearly half a million residents.

"We are concerned about rash decisions made in response to the court ruling," said state Rep. Joni Jenkins, who will be among those speaking at the 10 a.m. event at 712 East Muhammad Ali Blvd. "We call for thoughtful discussions involving the administration and the many statewide stakeholders in the path forward in assuring Kentucky's working families have healthcare."

Democrats announced the press conference Sunday after the state's surprise action over the weekend to immediately cut dental and vision coverage for nearly a half-million Kentuckians, citing the court ruling.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services indicated the administration had no choice but to cut benefits following the court’s decision:

"This is an unfortunate consequence of the judge's ruling," said an email Sunday from Doug Hogan, communications director for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Friday's decision by U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg did not call for any such cuts. Rather it struck down Bevin's sweeping plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program by requiring some Kentuckians to work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week and meet other requirements, including paying monthly premiums to keep health coverage.

The judge vacated Bevin's entire plan and sent it back to officials at the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services for further review, saying the Trump administration, in reviewing the plan, didn't consider the basic provisions of federal Medicaid law.

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