Comer to announce health care plan

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Medicaid

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor James Comer says he will reveal details of a health care plan on Monday that he says will move people off of Medicaid and into private insurance.

Kentucky was one of 28 states that decided to expand its Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Nearly 400,000 people signed up for the expanded service, meaning about 25 percent of the state’s population is now on Medicaid.

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Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says the expansion benefits the state by injecting billions of federal dollars into the economy and giving people access to health care, many of whom have never had insurance before. But Republicans worry about how much the state will have to pay for the expansion beginning in 2017.

The issue has become a focal point in the Republican primary for governor.

 



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