Kentucky Officials Take Comments On Medicaid Regulations

Aug 27, 2018

Credit J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has taken public comments on proposed regulations for a Medicaid overhaul that has been blocked by a federal judge.

Kentucky officials received comments Monday from groups critical of proposed regulations that would set guidelines for changes to the state's Medicaid program.

The overhaul would include charging premiums and requiring "community engagement" by recipients, which could include working, volunteering or going to school. Medicaid is the state and federal health insurance program for poor and disabled people.

A judge blocked the changes earlier this year and sent the matter back to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services so the process could be restarted.

Opponents of the overhaul said Monday it's confusing for the state to pursue regulations on a Medicaid plan currently blocked in court.