FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says he is starting an advocacy group to oppose Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s plans to dismantle kynect and scale back the state’s Medicaid expansion.
Beshear is scheduled to announce “Save Kentucky Healthcare” during two events Thursday. In a news release, Beshear said he is troubled by Bevin’s plans to roll back what he called Kentucky’s nation-leading progress in improving the health of its people.
Beshear left office in December. During his eight years in office, he expanded Kentucky’s Medicaid program and created a state-operated health insurance exchange where eligible Kentuckians could purchase discounted private health insurance plans.
Bevin criticized both programs as too expensive. He will dismantle kynect by the end of the year and is trying to replace the Medicaid expansion with a different program.