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Beshear Demands Bevin "Pull Back the Curtain" in Medicaid Talks

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Former Governor Steve Beshear is criticizing Governor Matt Bevin and the Obama administration for negotiating in private as Bevin seeks to replace the state's expanded Medicaid program.

Beshear sent a letter to Bevin and federal Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell Monday demanding that they "pull back the curtain" and "stop the back room deals" as Bevin seeks a federal waiver for Kentucky's expanded Medicaid program.

Beshear expanded the program while he was governor under the federal Affordable Care Act. Bevin says the program is too expensive and needs to be replaced. He has had several meetings with Burwell and plans to announce his plan this summer.

The governor's office says it is meeting with advocates and the plan will have a public vetting process.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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