Kentucky’s new Medicaid likely to not include premiums

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Medicaid commissioner says more than 400,000 people who received health insurance from the state’s expanded program will likely not have to pay monthly premiums under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s reforms. But he says they could have reduced benefits.

Commissioner Stephen Miller was appointed by Bevin in February. He told The Associated Press on Friday that the state doesn’t plan to include monthly premiums as part of its application to the federal government to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. But it will likely reduce benefits to bring the plans in line with the ones offered to state workers.

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Bevin has previously said he supports the idea of Medicaid recipients having “skin in the game” by paying monthly premiums. A spokeswoman for the governor said Friday that all options remain open.