LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he plans to launch a public education and advocacy campaign committed to ensuring that every Kentuckian maintains access to affordable health insurance.
Beshear says he is troubled by plans to roll back Kynect, Kentucky’s Health Insurance Exchange. Kynect allows people to go online and find private insurance plans they can afford. It is credited with giving Kentucky the biggest drop in the number of people without health insurance in the country. The program is nationally recognized and considered Beshear’s legacy as a governor.
Current Governor Matt Bevin says it’s not a sustainable system and says he plans to dismantle the program altogether.
The government gave Kentucky a $289 Million grant to plan and establish Kynect. State officials have spent all of it except for $57.5 million. The Department of Health and Human Services says the money cannot be spent to move the state to the federal exchange as Governor Bevin would like to do.
Thursday Former Governor Beshear will host two news conferences on his plans to preserve health coverage for all Kentuckians. The first will be at Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center at 11 a.m. The second news conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington at 2 p.m.