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Politics
6:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Tea Party Activist Sues Beshear Over Medicaid Expansion

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Tea party activist David Adams is again suing Gov. Steve Beshear.

This time it's over the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

The lawsuit aims at stopping Beshear from expanding Medicaid in Kentucky.

The governor announced earlier this month that he'd do just that—a decision that expands healthcare benefits to 308,000 Kentuckians, with the first three years being paid for by the federal government. The state picks up 10 percent of the cost beginning in 2017.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Democrats, Health Groups Praise Beshear's Decision to Expand Medicaid

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After months of deliberations, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has decided to expand Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare—a move that's won praise from Democrats and health advocacy groups.

Beshear said Thursday that expansion benefits Kentucky in many ways.

"This move makes sense not only for our health but also for our pocketbook. More important it makes sense for our future," he says.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Kentucky Expanding Medicaid Under Affordable Care Act, Gov. Steve Beshear Says

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It's been a longtime, lingering question—will Gov. Steve Beshear expand Kentucky's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare)?

On Thursday afternoon, Beshear answered: Yes, Kentucky will.

The decision means that Kentucky will expand its Medicaid rolls to 138 percent of the federal poverty line with the federal government paying for it for three years. After 2017, the federal government's share of the cost drops to 90 percent and Kentucky picks up the rest.

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Health Care
1:33 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Half Of States May Not Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:55 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now to a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

GOVERNOR EARL RAY TOMBLIN: We have weighed the options and believe expanding Medicaid is the best choice for West Virginia.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE AND CHEERING)

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Politics
2:41 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Health Group Starts Ad Campaign in Support of Kentucky Medicaid Expansion

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A leading health organization in Kentucky is putting the pressure on Gov. Steve Beshear to expand Medicaid services under the Affordable Care Act. 

Kentucky Voices for Health Executive Director Regan Hunt says her group is launching a two-week radio ad campaign pressure Beshear to expand Medicaid. The radio ad campaign will be partnered with a month long online ad campaign.

So far, the governor has delayed making a decision— although he seems to support the ideal, if fiscally possible.

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Politics
11:19 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Speaker Stumbo Favors Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky

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The Speaker of the Kentucky House says it’s a no-brainer for Kentucky to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. 

Under the health care law, states can expanded their Medicaid rolls to 138 percent of the poverty line and for three years, the federal government will pay for the expansion.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has yet to decide on whether Kentucky will expand, saying he will calculating costs after 2017, when the feds pay only 90 percent of expansion.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Policy Group Uses Census Data to Encourage Medicaid Expansion

A progressive economic group says Kentucky should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act based on recently release Census data.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy points to data that shows the percentage of Kentuckians without insurance dropped last year based on early elements of the health care law.

The drop was mainly attributed to a large number of young adults who are staying on their parents’ insurance thanks to one of the law’s provision.

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