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August 20, 2018 10:24am

GLI submits public comments on Kentucky HEALTH

Last week GLI submitted comments articulating the views of the Greater Louisville business community on proposed changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services re-opened public comments on the plan, known as Kentucky HEALTH, last month following a federal court decision to halt its implementation. Through Kentucky HEALTH, the Kentucky Health and Family Services Cabinet proposed several changes to the Commonwealth’s Medicaid system, including a new community engagement requirement and monthly premiums for certain Medicaid recipients. Read GLI’s full comments below.

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues its review of the Kentucky HEALTH program in light of the June 2018 court decision, Greater Louisville Inc. encourages CMS to ensure that the Commonwealth is well positioned to balance the rising costs of Medicaid against the need for a healthy workforce.

Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the Metro Chamber of Commerce, represents more than 1,500 businesses in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. A top priority for GLI is the development of a globally-competitive workforce that can drive economic growth and attract new businesses to our region. To that end, GLI is supportive of reforms that can be shown to lead to improved health outcomes for our regional workforce. Any changes to Medicaid in Kentucky—including community engagement requirements and monthly premiums—must be designed and implemented in ways that avoid inflicting harm on Medicaid recipients and health care providers.

GLI also recognizes the growing costs of the Medicaid expansion and the impact that these costs will have on the Commonwealth’s fiscal stability and future. Overspending in Kentucky’s Medicaid system will leave fewer and fewer state resources for important initiatives like education and economic development.

It is, therefore, imperative that policymakers strike an appropriate balance in seeking to control costs to the state and ensuring the development of a healthy and competitive workforce in regions such as Greater Louisville.

Read more about GLI’s stances on health care issues in Kentucky here.