Beshear defends Medicaid expansion


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -Democrat Andy Beshear has offered a vigorous defense of Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion as he promotes an issue that’s become a flash point in his campaign against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Beshear toured an addiction treatment center in Louisville on Monday.

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Afterward, he praised the Medicaid expansion that added more than 400,000 Kentuckians to the joint federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled.

He says Medicaid funds the vast majority of addiction treatment services in Kentucky.

Beshear condemned Bevin’s efforts to require some “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to get a job, go to school or volunteer to keep their benefits. At a debate last week, the governor defended his effort, saying his objective is to ensure that the medically frail and disabled “do not lose out” on coverage.