Frankfort, Ky., March 27, 2019 Late today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion in the lawsuit challenging the community engagement and other requirements in Kentucky's 1115 Medicaid waiver, Kentucky HEALTH. Following is a statement from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
"The Foundation's goal in our partnership with the Administration on Kentucky HEALTH was to help Medicaid beneficiaries maintain health care coverage," said Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "The Foundation recognizes that adequate health insurance coverage is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve health outcomes. For a state with some of the poorest rankings in health outcomes, coverage is critical to reduce health care costs, particularly those costs paid by tax dollars, by increasing access to preventive services, improving medication adherence, and providing better treatment for chronic illnesses."
"The Foundation is reviewing the court's opinion. Meanwhile, we are aware that some Kentuckians have already voluntarily taken advantage of the job training and placement services expanded under the Kentucky HEALTH framework. If the Administration continues to provide the framework on a voluntary basis, the Foundation plans to continue working with community organizations and other stakeholders to support Medicaid beneficiaries with accessing resources."
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth